With this article, I am introducing a new topic category on the blog: Sanctions. Up until now, there haven’t been many legal penalties levied against birthers for frivolous lawsuits, the most notable being the $20,000 sanction against Taitz by federal judge Clay D. Land in Georgia in the Rhodes v. MacDonald case. Taitz received a minor $250 sanction in the birther-related case of Liberi v. Taitz. Minor costs were assessed against Carol Greenberg in Greenberg v. Brunner. Sanctions have been awarded, but the exact amount not yet determined in Liberty Legal Foundation v. National Democratic Party of the USA, Inc.
In the case of Taitz v. Obama filed in Orange County Superior Court, Taitz bizarrely filed a motion to compel Occidental College to provide copies of Obama’s college records before she had even bothered to subpoena them. Occidental College was not amused and asked the Court to award them costs for having to appear in this frivolous matter. The Court agreed to the tune of $4,000. Attorney for Occidental College Carl A. Botterud told the Court in a declaration that Taitz had threatened him with criminal action for “committing treason and obstructing justice.” (Taitz seems to think that the RICO statute makes her a free-lance prosecutor.) The court said that this sanction was not a “punishment” but cost shifting, which I believe means she doesn’t have to report it to the California Bar. See report at The Fogbow.
On her web site Taitz reportedly said, “As of now I need your help to pay … the $4,000 for the crazy decision to protect the non-existant (sic) college records of the Kenyan usurper.” Is she admitting that there are no college records to get?
This isn’t the first time that Occidental College has been demanded to violate federal education privacy law (FERPA) to disclose Obama records; this happened in Keyes v. Bowen. A request for sanctions was threatened (but not made) in the Keyes case.