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Apuzzo appearance in PA: CANCELED

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has denied a motion to admit pro hac vice the celebrated New Jersey birther attorney Mario Apuzzo to represent Charles Kerchner and Dale Laudenslager in their challenge to Barack Obama’s position on the PA Primary ballot.

Apuzzo was already deeply involved in the case, churning out 199 pages in a Brief supporting the challengers.

Obama attorney John P. Lavelle, Jr. opposed the pro hac vice appearance on the grounds that Apuzzo had appeared in a similar case that the Circuit Court of Appeals labeled “frivolous.”

I don’t think this matters too much for the chances of Kerchner and Laudenslager. They are represented by a Pennsylvania attorney, and nothing prevents Apuzzo from providing assistance in the background. There is also a Motion to Dismiss pending which could moot the issue.

In other case news: The Objector’s  (Kerchner/Laudenslager) motion to allow audio and video recording has been denied. The court will allow the Objector’s unspecified “expert witness” to testify via telephone (but not by Skype). The Objectors submitted an additional number of documents yesterday that I haven’t seen yet.

Note: I have given up being snotty towards Mr. Apuzzo for Lent.

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33 Responses to Apuzzo appearance in PA: CANCELED

  1. avatar
    misha February 29, 2012 at 9:50 pm #

    “Note: I have given up being snotty towards Mr. Apuzzo for Lent.”

    I’m Jewish, so I’ll do it for you.

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    mimi February 29, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    I’m giving up Lent. I’ll help misha. :)

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    Rickey February 29, 2012 at 11:13 pm #

    For Lent I have given up self-denial.

    Incidentally, Kerchner’s “expert witnesses” are Jerome Corsi and Kenneth Allen.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/83254323/PA-2012-02-28-KERCHNER-Objectors-List-of-Witnesses-Tfb

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    katahdin February 29, 2012 at 11:31 pm #

    Considering that Mr Apuzzo’s attitude and conduct virtually beg for snottitude, I admire your discipline.

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    Arthur March 1, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    So Mario walks into a Jewish Kinkos in Chinatown and asks to have his universally lauded brief put into a nice binder and sent off to the Pennsylvania court. When the clerk has finished collating and binding the manuscript, Mario asks:

    Mario: Say, just for the record, how many pages did it turn out to be?

    Misha: What am I, your accountant?

    Mario: Huh?

    Misha: A joke. 199. It came to 199 pages.

    Mario: 199?

    Misha: What? Is there an echo in here? Like I told you, 199 pages.

    Mario: I’m sure I wrote 200 page; count them again.

    Misha: Ok. (He counts the pages) It’s still 199.

    Mario: That can’t be. Please, count them again?

    Misha: It’s your nickle. (He counts the pages) 199 on the nose.

    Mario: No, no, no. I promised The Commander it would be 200. He likes round numbers.
    You must have made a mistake. Count them again!

    Misha: Look Apuzzo, this is a brief not a putz, it don’t get bigger, it don’t get smaller–199 pages!

    Bada-bing.

  6. avatar
    misha March 1, 2012 at 12:12 am #

    Arthur: Bada-bing.

    [bada-bing]

    [Takes a bow.]

  7. avatar
    G March 1, 2012 at 12:42 am #

    I gave up Lent for Lent decades ago! I did that the year after I gave up restrictions on eating meat on Fridays. And the year before that I gave up believing that the Pope was infallable and that the wisdom of God had to pass only through him and then down the chain. As a Catholic, it was a very freeing process… no regrets.

    mimi: I’m giving up Lent. I’ll help misha.

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    G March 1, 2012 at 1:31 am #

    Kerchener’s big “expert witness” is none other that Jerome Corsi.

    LMAO. …Seriously.

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/83253038/PA-2012-02-28-KERCHNER-Kerchner-Expert-Report-Corsi-CV-Tfb

    H/T to NBC’s site (via info received from The Fogbow), which also has an excellent compilation of all the recent motions that took place in this case. There were several on the list that I hadn’t seen before:

    http://nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/pa-kerchner-v-obama-various-documents/

    In other case news: The Objector’s (Kerchner/Laudenslager) motion to allow audio and video recording has been denied. The court will allow the Objector’s unspecified “expert witness” to testify via telephone (but not by Skype). The Objectors submitted an additional number of documents yesterday that I haven’t seen yet.

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    G March 1, 2012 at 1:41 am #

    Looks like they have a total of 4 “witnesses” in their case:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/83254323/PA-2012-02-28-KERCHNER-Objectors-List-of-Witnesses-Tfb

    Jerome Corsi, Charles Kerchner, Dale Laudenslager (PA birther voter), and Kenneth Allen from AZ.

    Mr. Allen is from AZ, so he is likely the one that they wanted the Skype appearance from.

    He is listed as a “witness” for filing several FOIA requests against Obama in regards to several wild-goose chase fishing expeditions for nonexistent INS records and student visa records. …yeah, seriously! …

    …What a joke!

    G: H/T to NBC’s site (via info received from The Fogbow), which also has an excellent compilation of all the recent motions that took place in this case. There were several on the list that I hadn’t seen before:
    http://nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/pa-kerchner-v-obama-various-documents/

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    G March 1, 2012 at 1:57 am #

    Another excellent link at NBC’s site shows that Kerchner’s case & Schneller’s case are both on the docket for a court hearing at 10 am today (03/01/12).

    Berg isn’t listed for his hearing until 03/19/12.

    http://nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com/2012/02/29/pa-whats-going-on/

    In addition to the docket, this article by NBC has a nice scholarly summary of why these cases will be quickly dismissed. Highly recommended read.

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    JPotter March 1, 2012 at 1:59 am #

    G: Kerchener’s big “expert witness” is none other that Jerome Corsi.

    *THUD*

    Cannot compute the prospect of Corsi testifying. That he would be so huristic/foolish to agree.

    JPotter am stunned.

    ‘ees not dead, just …. stunned.

    (Thanks for the reporting, G!)

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    misha March 1, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    JPotter: ees not dead, just …. stunned.

    “Alright then, I’ll wake it up…”

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    G March 1, 2012 at 2:44 am #

    I highly doubt any of these “witnesses” will get to testify at all. I predict the whole thing gets dismissed before it ever gets that far.

    JPotter: *THUD* Cannot compute the prospect of Corsi testifying. That he would be so huristic/foolish to agree. JPotter am stunned.ees not dead, just …. stunned.(Thanks for the reporting, G!)

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    Paul Pieniezny March 1, 2012 at 3:18 am #

    G: And the year before that I gave up believing that the Pope was infallable and that the wisdom of God had to pass only through him and then down the chain. As a Catholic, it was a very freeing process… no regrets.

    That last sentence sounds like a line from a song by Abba. But since not everybody here also reads at the FogBow, the US election naturally suggested the following film conversation to me:

    SHOGUN: I hear the Dutch revolted against the King of Spain. Isn’t revolt against your earthly master contrary to the holy law of God, of all Gods?

    ANJIN-SAN: Yes, unless you win.

    (general laughter in the court room)

    SHOGUN: Yes, Anjin-san, you have given the only valid excuse for revolting.

    ANJIN-SAN: Lord, now that I have your attention, can I warn you about the Pope, the Treaty of Tordesillas, the Spanish Inquisition, …

    SHOGUN: Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!

    ANJIN-SAN: Unless Santorum wins.

    I suppose for Lent, I am now ready to give up thinking Santorum might win.

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    Judge Mental March 1, 2012 at 4:45 am #

    G:
    Looks like they have a total of 4 “witnesses” in their case:

    http://www.scribd.com/doc/83254323/PA-2012-02-28-KERCHNER-Objectors-List-of-Witnesses-Tfb

    Allen is indeed Arizona based but then again Corsi also has a prior engagement in Arizona on 1st March. He will be there helping Joe explain why the handcuffs and leg irons for the boy are nearly ready but can’t quite yet be actually fitted until more money is sent.

    Jerome Corsi, Charles Kerchner, Dale Laudenslager (PA birther voter), and Kenneth Allen from AZ.

    Mr. Allen is from AZ, so he is likely the one that they wanted the Skype appearance from.

    He is listed as a “witness” for filing several FOIA requests against Obama in regards to several wild-goose chase fishing expeditions for nonexistent INS records and student visa records. …yeah, seriously! …

    …What a joke!

    Allen is indeed based in Arizona but don’t forget Corsi also has a prior engagement scheduled in Arizona on 1st March. He will be ‘expertly’ helping Joe explain why the handcuffs and leg irons are being prepared but can’t quite yet be fitted until some more money is sent.

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    Lupin March 1, 2012 at 7:02 am #

    If I may be allowed to paraphrase Groucho Marx, I”d say to Apuzzo:

    From the moment I picked up your brief until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter.
    Some day I intend reading it.

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    RuhRoh March 1, 2012 at 7:33 am #

    Isn’t Ken Allen the guy who recently filed a ballot challenge in AZ that was full of SovCit language (US as a corporation, etc.)? Doc had an article on that challenge when it was filed. I believe that since then it has been dismissed without prejudice and refiled.

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    bovril March 1, 2012 at 8:01 am #

    G: I gave up Lent for Lent decades ago! I did that the year after I gave up restrictions on eating meat on Fridays. And the year before that I gave up believing that the Pope was infallable and that the wisdom of God had to pass only through him and then down the chain. As a Catholic, it was a very freeing process… no regrets.

    G,

    You should have just gone full high church Anglican/Episcopalian…

    All the Frocks
    All the Smells
    All the Bells
    None of the Guilt

  19. avatar
    Thomas Brown March 1, 2012 at 9:03 am #

    misha: “Alright then, I’ll wake it up…”

    ” ‘Ello, Miss Orly! I’ve got some nice Paypal loot for you!” [bangs Orly's head against the Plaintiff's bench] “Testing! Testing! This is your wake-up call!”

    [crickets]

    “Now that’s what I call an ex-Dentist.”

  20. avatar
    Egh March 1, 2012 at 9:06 am #

    Given the recent edits/addition you have contributed to other wiki sites, I read worried to find some new Rite of Greer. We, who have gluttonously eaten up the last of the winter’s hunt before it rots, who now poke through the ice to fish for whatever stirs from its cold blooded sleep, who must patiently deplete the last of our reserves before the certain bounty of spring arrives, who must survive on NHL and NBA between the Super Bowl and Opening Day with only a swimsuit issue lady to throw me some beads, appreciate your restraint ;)

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    Northland10 March 1, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    We do have the option to “acknowledge and bewail our manifold sins and wickedness, which we, from time to time, most greviously hath committed.”

    bovril: G,

    You should have just gone full high church Anglican/Episcopalian…

    All the Frocks
    All the Smells
    All the Bells
    None of the Guilt

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    JPotter March 1, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    G: I highly doubt any of these “witnesses” will get to testify at all. I predict the whole thing gets dismissed before it ever gets that far.

    Oh, I agree, it looks like all the birther buds in PA are being nipped. I am seriously shocked that Corsi would man up and offer to testify. Makes me think perhaps he really is a true believer, not any better than a soulless huckster, but interesting.

    Can’t even get their lawyer of choice, heehee. Gosh, court wasn’t impressed with Apuzzo, a birther traffic lawyer in over his head. It would be interesting to know the birther “legal experts” records / reputation in their actual fields of endeavor.

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    Dr. Conspiracy March 1, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    It would save time if the Respondent stipulated that Obama’s father was a British Subject. That would put Allen out of the picture. I don’t know what Corsi could testify to that isn’t hearsay.

    Rickey: Incidentally, Kerchner’s “expert witnesses” are Jerome Corsi and Kenneth Allen.

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    JoZeppy March 1, 2012 at 11:04 am #

    G: Looks like they have a total of 4 “witnesses” in their case:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/83254323/PA-2012-02-28-KERCHNER-Objectors-List-of-Witnesses-Tfb
    Jerome Corsi, Charles Kerchner, Dale Laudenslager (PA birther voter), and Kenneth Allen from AZ.

    Provided this doesn’t get dismissed before the hearing, the odds of their “expert” actually testifying are slim to none. Before an expert testifies, they will go through a voir dire, which will be a series of questions to establish their expertise, and in the case of real experts, limit the range of their testimony (for those of you who saw “My Cousin Vinny” the questioning before his girlfriend testifies is a fairly accurate process of what happens). Since Corsi and Allen aren’t experts on anything, don’t have any special access to anything, there really is nothing they can testify to. Of course Kerchner and Laudenslager don’t have much to say either. Except on the subject of their party affiliation, which if it hasn’t happened by the time of the hearing, will move things towards a speedy dismissal.

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    thisoldhippie March 1, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    G: I gave up Lent for Lent decades ago! I did that the year after I gave up restrictions on eating meat on Fridays. And the year before that I gave up believing that the Pope was infallable and that the wisdom of God had to pass only through him and then down the chain. As a Catholic, it was a very freeing process… no regrets.

    As an Episcopalian Lent is all subjective anyway. For one, we don’t observe it on Sundays. And nothing is set in stone. We kinda recoil from the whole “this is the way it should be” doctrine.

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    RuhRoh March 1, 2012 at 11:22 am #

    Kerchner is still trying to get Apuzzo admitted. LOL

    March 1, 2012 Application for Reconsideration
    Kiefer, Karen L. Kerchner, Charles F., Jr. Petitioner
    Kiefer, Karen L. Laudenslager, Dale A. Petitioner
    Document Name: The Court Should Reconsider its Decision to Deny Objector’s Motion for the Pro Hac Vice
    Comment: Admission of Mario Apuzzo
    http://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docketsheets/CommonwealthCourtReport.aspx?docketNumber=85%20MD%202012

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    G March 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm #

    ;)

    bovril: G, You should have just gone full high church Anglican/Episcopalian…All the FrocksAll the SmellsAll the BellsNone of the Guilt

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    G March 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm #

    I wonder how today’s 10am hearing went…

    RuhRoh: Kerchner is still trying to get Apuzzo admitted. LOLMarch 1, 2012 Application for ReconsiderationKiefer, Karen L. Kerchner, Charles F., Jr. PetitionerKiefer, Karen L. Laudenslager, Dale A. PetitionerDocument Name: The Court Should Reconsider its Decision to Deny Objector’s Motion for the Pro Hac ViceComment: Admission of Mario Apuzzohttp://ujsportal.pacourts.us/docketsheets/CommonwealthCourtReport.aspx?docketNumber=85%20MD%202012

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    Scientist March 1, 2012 at 12:26 pm #

    RuhRoh: Document Name: The Court Should Reconsider its Decision to Deny Objector’s Motion for the Pro Hac Vice

    Mario should be admitted. After all, he is a pro at milking (pun intended) the credible, he is undeniablly a hac and knows a whole lot about vice.

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    RuhRoh March 1, 2012 at 12:51 pm #

    Looks as though Kerchner’s suit was dismissed: http://blogs.mcall.com/capitol_ideas/2012/03/commonwealth-court-dismisses-obama-ballot-challenge.html

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    G March 1, 2012 at 1:07 pm #

    AWESOME!!! Thanks for that link with the results! As I suspected, today resulted in quick dismissals:

    A State Commonwealth Court Judge …
    … has dismissed the claims of a group of voters, including one from the Lehigh Valley, who argued that President Barack Obama doesn’t qualify for the spring ballot because he’s not a “natural-born citizen” of the United States.

    Judge Keith B. Quigley did not rule on the merits of the claim brought by Charles Kerchner, of Emmaus, Lehigh County, and others. The judge found that the court didn’t have the jurisdiction to hear the claim and dismissed it.

    Quigley ruled in favor of arguments brought on behalf of Obama by lawyer John P. Lavelle of Philadelphia that the state appellate court only had jurisdiction to hear arguments on defects in nominating petitions. A lawyer for Kerchner and the plaintiffs claimed that questions about Obama’s citizenship constituted a defect in his petitions.

    In an interview after the hearing, Kerchner sharply criticized Quigley’s ruling.

    LOL! Gee…Kerchner gets booted and Haz a Sad… No surprise there either…

    With their recent last minute motion for “reconsideration” of Mario, I suspect that he too made the wasted yet very brief trip out there. No need of their “witnesses” either. Expect to hear a furious gnashing of teeth report from both the Putz and Kerchner real soon…

    LMAO!

    RuhRoh: Looks as though Kerchner’s suit was dismissed: http://blogs.mcall.com/capitol_ideas/2012/03/commonwealth-court-dismisses-obama-ballot-challenge.html

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    bovril March 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm #

    thisoldhippie: As an Episcopalian Lent is all subjective anyway. For one, we don’t observe it on Sundays. And nothing is set in stone. We kinda recoil from the whole “this is the way it should be” doctrine.

    My better halfs oldest friend is a Church of England girlie vicar reporting to the Bishop of Bath and Wells (inserts gratuitous Black Adder reference)

    Bishop of Bath and Wells {Blackadder has blackmailed the Bishop with a nude painting of him with Percy] Never, in all my years, have I encountered such cruel and foul-minded perversity! Have you ever considered a career in the church?

    Blackadder No, I could never get used to the underwear. 8-)

    She is actually married to a social worker, wouldn’t do fire ‘n brimstone if you set fire to her and gets huffy with me as I always call her Padre….

    With the C of E, if Old Nick turned up in the vestry they would probably invite him in for tea and biscuits, want to engage him in an outreach program to engage with the misunderstood “So called sinners” and ask if he’d feel up to assisting in next weeks bring ‘n buy fete…..

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    richCares March 1, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    Kerchner v Obama Ddismissed/
    kerchner-v-obama-dismissed/http://nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/pa-
    .
    Sheriff Joe becomes a joke parroting Corsi