Today, August 20, was the deadline for submission of pre-trial motions and the witness for the LTC Lakin court martial. Lakin is a military doctor who has refused to follow orders, to force President Obama to prove he is really President.
So far I haven’t found any news on what happened today. There is, however, quite a bit of news at SafeguardOurConstitution.com, the Lakin fundraising site. One big item is that the photo of Lakin has been turned into an animation showing prison bars appearing across his photo. They say legal costs are mounting and expected to reach $500,000!
They also tout a claim that CNN has retracted a comment saying Lakin was a racist.
The American Patriot Foundation spins it this way:
Washington, D.C., August 16, 2010. The Army doctor who is being court martialled for refusing to obey orders has demanded – and received – a retraction from CNN of defamatory comments made by Jeffrey Toobin about Lakin.
What CNN Legal affairs consultant Jeffrey Toobin said was:
TOOBIN: In your interview you kept saying what an honorable man he is. You know, as they say at the Supreme Court, I think I dissent. You know, these people are bigots, they’re racists, they’re freaks, they’re lunatics, these are not rational players in American politics…
Lakin’s attorney Jensen threatened to sue. Toobin later clarified his comment by saying:
TOOBIN: A couple of weeks ago, we did a story about Lieutenant Colonel Terrence Lakin. He is the officer who has tried to get out of military service because he believes that President Obama was not born in the United States. He’s one of the so-called birthers. In the course of that report, I made the statement that a lot of the birthers are bigots and racists and there was a picture of Lakin behind me. I didn’t mean to suggest that he was a bigot and a racist. I was just talking more generally. And I also should correct myself. He wasn’t trying to get out of military service. He is the subject of a court Martial, that’s why we were doing the story. But I didn’t mean to imply that about him.
The SafeguardOurConstitution site then said:
it is regrettable that it took Jensen’s threat of litigation to compel Toobin to take back his vile words
This is an example of the post hoc fallacy. Just because Jensen threatened to sue doesn’t mean that a threat of a lawsuit was necessary to obtain the clarification. Maybe they could have just asked nicely.