The name “Tony Dolz” rang a bell, but not loudly enough for me to remember where I’d heard the name before. A little research was required in the Obama Conspiracy Theories archives. I think the first time I noticed the name was in a list of contributors to Orly Taitz. Dolz is back in the news, this time as a witness for Taitz.
I wrote previously about the question of whether Orly Taitz lied to a judge in the Liberi v. Taitz case, a defamation lawsuit involving multiple personalities in the birther movement. I took Orly’s side, perhaps mistakenly, but we’ll let the judge sort that out. The issue was the nature of sanctions in the amount of $4,000 assessed Taitz in the Taitz v. Obama case, and how Taitz represented them to the judge.
To my knowledge, no recording was made of the hearing before Judge Marginis on November 1 where the sanctions were imposed. Raicha, posting at The Fogbow, described it this way:
Then [Judge Marginis] tells Taitz that he is awarding sanctions not as a punishment but for cost shifting, to shift Oxy’s costs to her. Orders $4,000 to be paid personally by Taitz to Oxy, to Mr. Ritt’s client trust account. Mr. Ritt to give notice of the ruling.
According to a new affidavit, Tony Dolz was there too, and his version is:
I heard Judge Charles Marginis rule that Occidental College was to be awarded $4000 in order to shift the cost for attorney’s fees and travel expenses from the defendant to the plaintiff.
The two accounts are wholly consistent, and the same thing coming from “both sides of the fence” gives me a high level of confidence that this is what was said.
The affidavit was submitted as an exhibit in Orly Taitz’ response to an order to show cause (embedded at the end of this article) why the court shouldn’t string her up (figurative language) for lying.
First Taitz points out that the Court’s reporting order referred to “pending ethical, disciplinary or related matters regarding Orly Taitz” and she states (correctly, I think) that there were no pending matters related to her on October 22, 2012, when the order was issued.
We do not have a transcript of what Taitz told the Judge in the Liberi case on January 14, 2013 beyond the Court’s remark that it related to discovery. What Taitz says in her second point is that the said that the $4,000 award was for “discovery, that it was indeed a cost shifting of attorneys fees related to discovery.” The court noted that a “flurry” of filings were made on this question, but nothing of particular use.
Taitz counter charges that Plaintiffs falsified information provided to the Court by deleting 2 relevant pages from the papers filed by Occidental College in the Taitz case.
By the way, Taitz gives a shout out to RC and his fine radio show in her response, along with many other reasons for not getting involved in lawsuits if you can avoid it.