Last night, before I publicized the referral of the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse to the IRS, I double checked that the name of the complainant, redacted in the PDF file uploaded to Scribd, was well and truly redacted, and not lurking1 somewhere in the document properties, what is called the “metadata.” The name was totally removed, and I republished the document without worry.
However, when I was in there, I found one interesting bit in the document properties, and that was that the document was created by Adobe Acrobat Pro Version 9. The professional edition of Adobe Acrobat is somewhere around $200 more than the standard edition, and it adds features that high-end users need and home users like myself don’t. One of those pro features is the ability to remove sensitive material from a document, redaction. The pro version is targeted at, among others, law firms, so it reinforces my feeling that a practicing lawyer filed the complaint against the MSCOCCP.
I wanted to verify that the Acrobat version is a characteristic of the PDF file uploaded to Scribd and not something Scribd does, and to test that I downloaded a few other documents. One from Jerry Collette was created with OpenOffice.org. One from attorney Mark Herron defending the Florida Democratic Party in the Voeltz case was created by Adobe Acrobat 10 (version not indicated) — I know it’s from Mark Herron because his name appears in the metadata as author.
This leads us finally to the Voeltz Complaints. The “Second Amended Complaint” in Voeltz v. Obama was created by a PDF software package called iText, while Microsoft Word 2007’s “save to PDF” created the “Amended Complaint”. What is interesting about the “Amended Complaint” is that it, like the submission from the Florida Democratic Party, has an author name in the metadata, and the name is not Larry Klayman as one would expect. I got all excited that I had uncovered a bit of hidden information that might lead to an interesting discovery. Alas, no. The name in there is the CEO of a company called U.S. Legal Forms, and I presume that whoever wrote the complaint just used a template2 from that company and didn’t change the author in the metadata. I won’t mention the name because of the site policy against publishing the names of non-public persons, in case I have misconstrued the significance of the author information.
1I learned the name of Orly Taitz’ dental practice, Appealing Dentistry, from metadata in one of her documents.
2U. S. Legal Forms sells a multi-state “Complaint regarding Defamation, Fraud, Deceitful Business Practices” for $12.95. I didn’t see anything specifically for birther lawsuits.