Farrar didn’t have a chance
I’ve read Judge Michael Malihi’s decision in the case of Farrar v. Obama and it is clear to me that David Farrar didn’t have a chance. Farrar’s claim, presented by his attorney Orly Taitz (pictured right), was that Barack Obama has a forged birth certificate, a fraudulent social-security number and a false name. That’s a pretty substantial claim and ought to require some serious evidence. Orly Taitz called witnesses, but since her legal skills are abysmal, she didn’t bother with details like establishing the qualifications of her witnesses, or validating their methodology. Judge Malihi pointed this out multiple times in his ruling, saying: “neither witness was properly qualified or tendered as an expert in birth records, forged documents or document manipulation.” Apparently just using Adobe Illustrator in your work doesn’t make you an expert (re: Felicito Papa).
Just as Obama’s attorney Jablonski forfeited his chance to refute birther claims because of his failure to appear, so Orly Taitz forfeited any chance of proving her claims because of her failure to establish the credentials of her witnesses and their methodology. She might as well have stayed in California for all the good she did.
I sat in the courtroom on the 26th and I yearned to be able to object to what I saw: unqualified witnesses and a total lack of rigor in the Plaintiff’s case. That needn’t have concerned me because administrative law judges in Georgia apply the rules of evidence themselves when they review testimony, and Malihi saw what I saw, nothing of substance. He wrote:
The Court finds testimony of the witnesses, as well as the exhibits tendered, to be of little, if any, probative value, and thus wholly insufficient to support Plaintiffs’ allegations.
Orly’s case was so bad that she lost when the defendant didn’t even show up.
I want to add just one thing before the birthers throw Orly Taitz under the bus as a scapegoat for losing the one case decided on the merits where they actually got to present witnesses in favor of the birther version of Obama’s origins. That is, not only did David Farrar not have a chance, Orly Taitz didn’t have a chance either because she could not have established the qualifications her witnesses if she had tried, nor any of the birther fraud witnesses that dance around the Internet, because they are not qualified. The whole birther movement is just a bunch of amateurs and cranks, Orly Taitz queen among them.