Rack up another loss in court for Aliso Viejo lawyer/dentist/real estate saleslady/wingnut Orly Taitz, unsuccessful this time not in getting her press-on nails on Barack Obama's long-form birth certificate but his college records. Yep, no doubt inspired by Donald Trump (or vice versa), Taitz marched into Orange County Superior Court trying to get Occidental College of Los Angeles to release the president's undergraduate grades and other records–and walked out denied yet again. Will she ever learn?
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Taitz and, more famously, Trump believe the latest winning strategy to unseat the Usurper in Chief is to prove he put Kenya down as his place of birth on enrollment forms and/or used a fake Social Security number.
The Oxy student journos report the private college's general counsel, Carl Botterud, had previously called and emailed to notify Orly he would appear in court to oppose her motion.
“It is the college's position that your application is without merit, frivolous, and warrants sanctions,” Botterud reportedly wrote.
Naturally, Taitz loaded for bear and fired back with an email of her own: “Your opposition will constitute Obstruction of Justice, Aiding and Abetting in the elections fraud in forgery and treason in allowing a foreign citizen to usurp the U.S. Presidency with an aid of forged IDs and
usurp the civil rights of the U.S. citizens. At any rate your opposition and your attempt of intimidation and your allegiance or lack of allegiance to the United States of America is duly noted. Just make sure not to forget to bring with you Mr. Obama's application, registration, and financial aid application.”
Botterud entered the email into the court record, and when he arrived in the courtroom, he was confronted by Taitz, who asked if he had Obama's records with him. An amused Botterud reportedly responded in the negative, later telling Occidental Weekly, “It was a ridiculous question.”
He cited privacy laws for refusing, without a court order, to release the president's information. Orange County Superior Court Judge Charles Margines sided with Oxy and, as other jurists have noted of Taitz's legal funny papers, observed her subpoena and motions were riddled with fundamental procedural errors. He ordered her to pick up Occidental's $4,000 attorney and court costs and offered this parting shot:
“You should know that evidence is not stuff printed from the Internet.”
Matt Coker has been engaging, enraging and entertaining readers of newspapers, magazines and websites for decades. He spent the first 13 years of his career in journalism at daily newspapers before “graduating” to OC Weekly in 1995 as the paper’s first calendar editor. He went on to be managing editor, executive editor and is now senior staff writer.