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Eligibility lawyer urges focus on the goal
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 09/17/2009 @ 12:10 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
One of the key attorneys working on the challenges to Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president – and the first to actually obtain a trial date in federal court on the question – says doubters should be questioning Obama, not her.
Various accusations have been cluttering the blogosphere in recent weeks, and today Orly Taitz, an attorney working on a number of cases brought to challenge Obama’s eligibility under the U.S. Constitution’s requirements that the president be a “natural born” citizen, addressed them on her her blog.
“Please don’t listen to vicious rumors,” Taitz wrote. “I am getting close to removing the usurper and there are more and more vicious rumors about me and my whole family. It is 5:30 in the morning and I had to cut on sleep yet again to take some time and debunk all those vicious rumors.”
She continued, “I hope people stop attacking my family and start attacking Obama and demand that he produce his vital records immediately or resign or be removed immediately. Judge [David] Carter has written, ‘Court encourages discovery before the scheduling conference’ (it is on October 5th) I have submitted a proposed deposition schedule. Let’s make sure Obama shows up for his deposition with his hospital birth certificate ready for examination.”
The issue involves a long list of challenges to Obama’s eligibility.
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen.” The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Some of the lawsuits question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Complicating the situation is Obama’s decision to spend sums estimated over $1 million to avoid releasing an original long-form state birth certificate that would put to rest the questions.
WND also has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records and his adoption records.
Taitz has worked in several cases, including a pending case before Judge Carter in which several political party candidates, including former Ambassador Alan Keyes, have challenged Obama’s presidency. Attorney Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation also is representing several plaintiffs in the case.
Carter has scheduled a tentative trial date next January, although there is a government motion to dismiss scheduled to be heard next month. Taitz also has worked to represent several members of the military challenging Obama’s qualification to be commander-in-chief.
In recent days, a number of accusations have erupted against Taitz, including one from Larry Sinclair, whose allegations that Obama shared cocaine with him were undermined by a reported failed lie detector test, that Taitz asked him to submit false testimony in the California case.
Sinclair stated he was faxing to federal court in California a statement “informing Judge Carter that on September 7, 2009, Orly Taitz did knowingly and intentionally ask me to appear before his court on September 8, 2009, and give knowingly false testimony for the purpose of obtaining ‘expedited discovery,’ and to gain publicity for my book.”
“People need to understand that a person cannot just come from the street and file a declaration or an affidavit,” Taitz wrote, responding directly to the claim. “It has to be filed by a party to the action. Either I, as an attorney for the plaintiffs, or attorney for the defendants, assistant U.S. attorney, would file something.”
There also were statements on the Peoples Forum blog purportedly from Lucas Smith, the individual who has reported obtaining a Kenyan birth certificate for Obama.
“Orly Taitz wants me to lie under oath about information that I had no knowledge of at the time I was in Africa. She wants me to make up names of people that I do not know the names of. She wants me to testify that Gary Kreep is a spy for Obama’s side, and that I have personal knowledge of this. Truth – I know nothing of Gary Kreep. My story is true but I won’t embellish it with lies just to make Orly Taitz happy,” the statement said.
Taitz, who also has released a list of highly critical commentaries about attorneys working on various Obama challenges, including one campaign of criticism that resulted in a legal action against her, said rumors won’t help reach the goal.
“There was a rumor that there was some complaint filed with the [California] bar and I was disbarred. None of it is true,” she wrote. “There was a vicious rumor that my husband is somehow connected with swine flu and swine flu vaccine. Again, ridiculous rumor.”
“My husband is a good man, he is a devoted father and he is there for our three sons when I am traveling around the country raising support for Obama’s illegitimacy issue, when I am in court fighting to make sure this country doesn’t turn into another Communist Hell, as I experienced as a child, so we don’t live under Dictator Obama with all his czars,” she wrote.
Because of the dearth of information about Obama’s eligibility, WND founder Joseph Farah has launched a campaign to raise contributions to post billboards asking a simple question: “Where’s the birth certificate?”
“Where’s The Birth Certificate?” billboard at the Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas Strip
The campaign followed a petition that has collected more than 450,000 signatures demanding proof of his eligibility, the availability of yard signs raising the question and the production of permanent, detachable magnetic bumper stickers asking the question.
The “certification of live birth” posted online and widely touted as “Obama’s birth certificate” does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same “short-form” document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true “long-form” birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a “natural born citizen,” no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama’s claim to a Hawaiian birth.
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