Today is the day set by New York judge Arthur Schack where the cost of being a birther may be learned. The case of Christopher-Earl Strunk v New York State Board of Elections and a list of co-defendants that fills a full page was dismissed April 11 and in that order Judge Schack wrote:
…STRUNK’s instant action is frivolous. … STRUNK [pictured right] alleges baseless claims about defendants which are fanciful, fantastic, delusional and irrational. It is a waste of judicial resources for the Court to spend time on the instant action. Moreover the Court will conduct a hearing to give plaintiff STRUNK a reasonable opportunity to be heard … as to whether or not the Court should award costs and/or impose sanctions upon plaintiff STRUNK for his frivolous conduct. At the hearing, an opportunity will be given to counsel for defendants to present detailed records of costs incurred by their clients in the instant action.
Strunk’s complaint and filings are lengthy to say the least and defense counsel must have at least read them. It’s likely that the same defense counsels are representing multiple defendants, such as the members of the new York State Board of elections, Obama, Biden and Obama for America, the Vatican defendants, the McCain-Palin campaign funds and the members of the Brzezinski family. But the miscellaneous plaintiffs have to be added: Nancy Pelosi, John Boehner, George Soros, Roger Calero, the Socialist Workers Party and the New York State Republican Committee AND MORE. That has to amount to quite a bit of money. Multiplied by the number of defendants, legal costs could be staggering.
I’m not going to predict what the Court will do, nor will I advocate what it should do. While I believe Strunk to be sincere, his conspiracism does not operate in a vacuum; he causes trouble for innocent bystanders. Actions have consequences, and to date it seems like birthers have had it pretty easy in the consequence department (with a $20,000 sanction against Orly Taitz the only significant exception1).
See also my article: “Birthers waste millions in taxpayer dollars.”
- Strunk: Answer to order Decision
- Apuzzo: The New York State Court Should Not Sanction Pro Se Plaintiff, Christopher Earl Strunk, for His "Natural Born Citizen" Litigation
- First-person report of the hearing
1Costs were assessed against plaintiff Carol Greenberg amounting to $600, that was paid by someone else. See my article: “Take responsibility for your actions.”