Orly Taitz is acting like Hiro's employee.
Orly Taitz is a California attorney. . . . Taitz, who likes to refer to herself as “Dr. Orly Taitz Esquire,” has a law degree from distance learning school Taft and a dental degree from Hebrew University.
She is a key figure in the "birther movement" and created a related non-profit.
Earlier this year, Taitz went to federal court (M.D. Ga.) to request a restraining order on behalf of Army doctor Connie Rhodes preventing Rhodes’s deployment to Iraq. Taitz claimed that the deployment order was illegal because President Obama is not legally president, and attached among her evidence the obviously-faked Kenyan birth certificate for Obama that has circulated on the Internetz.
Federal judge Clay Land aborted that birther suit and reprimanded Taitz for filing a frivolous lawsuit. . . .
Yet Taitz is still laboring over this suit and filed an order challenging Land’s dismissal of the case. He responded by giving her a two-week deadline to explain why he shouldn’t sanction her and fine her $10,000. On the deadline, she filed a motion to recuse Land from the case. . . . Judge Land decided to double the amount of the fine. Now, Taitz has 30 days to pay $20,000.
Her client informed that court that Taitz had been taking action not as her lawyer, but as her ex-lawyer. Taitz's client plans on grieving her.
Judge Land's order says:
The absolute absence of any legitimate legal argument, combined with the political diatribe in her motions, demonstrates that Ms. Taitz’ purpose is to advance a political agenda and not to pursue a legitimate legal cause of action. Rather than citing to binding legal precedent, she calls the president names, accuses (Land) of treason and gratuitously slanders the president’s father. [Taitz’s arguments are] shockingly devoid of reality. . . . [Her allegations of judicial bias is] breathtaking in its arrogance and borders on delusional. She expresses no contrition or regret regarding her misconduct.
When asked by a blogosphere reporter whether she would pay the $20,000 fine, she said: "Are you kidding? Of course not. This is a form of intimidation.”
The judge is sending a copy of the Order to the California State Bar.
It is fair to guess that Orly Taitz won't be a lawyer much longer. A willful decision to bring frivilous litigation often receives a modest and intermediate sanction. But, bringing a lawsuit in the name of someone who isn't really your client anymore is a direct route to disbarment.