Jeffray LaFrance has kindly provided video of Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. in a Honolulu court room on January 13, where she was Denied subpoena enforcement for a Georgia administrative hearing in Farrar v. Obama, scheduled for January 26. This video shows clearly that Orly Taitz should always read from her laptop, rather than try to argue a case like a real lawyer.
Sterngard Friegen, a real lawyer, was less impressed:
Wow. First, I was struck by the fact that MikeDunford’s report was completely accurate in every respect.
Second, Taitz’s performance was a disgrace to the legal profession. She’s all rhetoric (and illogical rhetoric) and no law. She has no idea what she’s doing. A cargo cult lawyer who is all form and no substance. She has some idea that subpoenas can be issued in other states, but she doesn’t know how to go about getting it done, so she ignores the procedural requirements — which start in Georgia. A Georgia court, not a Georgia agency, would first have to issue a commission or letters rogatory to Hawai’i, and then that order or those letters would have to be taken to Hawai’i to be converted into a Hawai’i subpoena. Taitz ignored that step, thinking the subpoena was all she needed. I would be shocked if a Georgia court issued a commission or letters rogatory, so the first step that Taitz avoided was the death knell to her attempts.
Third, Judge Nishimura and Jill Nagamine acted completely professionally and with the patience of saints. I don’t know how they can do it. I’m not sure I could.
Fourth, I commend Jeff LaFrance for posting substantially all of Taitz’s latest performance. (I suspect the first minute or so was not included — where Taitz was reading from her laptop while seated, when she was asked to stand. That matter will probably be reflected in the written transcript.) LaFrance also kept his focus on Taitz, even when Ms. Nagamine was speaking, so we got to see how crestfallen she was as Ms. Nagamine pounded home her misconduct.
Fifth, Taitz’s most recent letter to Ms. Nagamine, including once again an invalid subpoena, should clinch the vexatious litigant finding. But it would be even better if Taitz were to make her own motion for sanctions. I hope she does.
And I hope whatever order that Judge Nishimura issues is served upon the California Bar. Taitz has no idea what she’s doing. She should not be licensed to practice law. She is an embarrassment to attorneys everywhere.
To watch Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. not reading from a laptop, again courtesy of Mr. LaFrance, video of the November 20 hearing is here.
It looks like Gary Kreep and Orly Taitz may be together again? Never happen. But Kreep is making inroads into what was supposed to be her representation of Al Hendershot in his ballot challenge, Hendershot v. Kennedy (Alabama Democratic Party), which was Dismissed on January 9, by Judge Helen Shores Lee in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.
This was posted to Jerome Corsi’s Facebook late last week:
Albert E. Hendershot wrote: United States Justice Foundation is willing to help us in our case. However, I need an Attorney here in Alabama that is willing to sponsor so we can have our Pro Hac Vice help. Do any af my friends know of an attorney in Alabama that I can call?
“Again, USJF is willing to assist in the Alabama eligibility litigation. We also need an attorney admitted in Alabama to sponsor us pro hac vice, so that we can appear in the case, and to help us with local court rules. Do you have/know an attorney that will help us in this regard—if required, we will pay the attorney for his/her time. Please get back to me ASAP if you want our help. I will be in Houston, Texas, on Sunday, and could fly over to Alabama for a meeting that day.”
Taitz and Kreep have a long, unhappy history, and have fought over Birther plaintiffs before. Although Kreep remained a gentleman, mostly, at least in public, Taitz has trashed him to hell and back on and off her web site* many times. Kreep even served as local counsel when Charles Edward Lincoln, III sued Orly and the Mister for tens of millions of dollars, once the love affair Lincoln says happened, when he worked for her, was over. And let’s not even talk about the epic clash, Barnett v. Obama, Liberi v. Taitz, or that Kreep is invited on World Net Daily’s Birther Cruise and poor Orly is not.
If this is a change of attorney, or especially if it’s added, I doubt Hendershot will get any further, ultimately, than he would have with the hapless Orly Taitz alone as his attorney, but The Fogbow did a poll and members voted on the least incompetent Birther lawyer and Gary Kreep won. So there’s that.
But I doubt Kreep is getting into this to spite Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq., though she likes to pass herself off as a civil rights lawyer and will probably take it that way. Kreep’s part in this, anyhow, is likely to be about civil rights for white people. Unconfirmed reports say Kreep will appeal Hendershot’s and two other Alabama ballot challenges.
When Hendershot’s Motion for Stay, so that Dr. Orly Taitz, Esq. could get herself together enough for pro hac vice, was Denied, she wrote on her web site*: “… somebody in Alabama needs to file a new case with another judge. Judge Lee refused to gave any continuance, which is typically granted. She might be biased in favor of a fellow African-American lawyer and politician.”
On January 9, before a court hearing on a Motion to Dismiss, which was granted, Hendershot met with Judge Lee and Defense attorney Barry Ragsdale in Chambers and discussed why he wanted the Judge to recuse herself, a recusal she refused. According to Hendershot, who has also said he wanted her recused for bias because she is a Democrat, Judge Lee asked him, “Is the bias due to me (Judge Lee) and our President Obama are both black?” Hendershot commented, “We will be filing a Formal Complaint to the Adminstrative Judge and the Head Judicial Disciplinary Board against Judge Lee for being Racially Biased as she admitted to being so.”
In another ballot challenge in the same court, Sorensen v. Kennedy (Alabama Democratic Party), a Motion of Recusal was also filed on January 9, against Judge Lee, in part, for “racial bias.” Sorensen has a hearing tomorrow in Judge Lee’s court on a Motion for Preliminary Injunction. Barry Ragsdale has filed an Answer for the Defense.
A third Alabama ballot challenge, Thompson v. Kennedy (Alabama Democratic Party), this one Dismissed on a Motion, a few days after Hendershot’s, by a different Judge in a different county, who included in his Order: “The Court adopts the order of Judge Helen Shores Lee order of January 9, 2012.”
This was Judge Jim E. Hill of the Circuit Court of St. Clair County:
By appearances, not much to be done about him.
*Currently not linking to her web site.
With all the attention focused on the GOP presidential horserace coming out of the Iowa caucuses, there are plenty of political stories going untold in the naked city.
One of the biggest may be the success the Democrats’ congressional fundraising arms have had with small donors. Contributors of $200 or less gave a total of $21.5 million to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) through November 2011, up from $13.2 million during the same period in 2009, according to research by the Center for Responsive Politics. That’s a gain of 62 percent. And the DCCC overall has actually raised more than $4 million more this year than it did two years earlier.
Its Republican counterpart, the National Republican Congressional Committee, saw an increase from small donors of just 18 percent, from $10.7 million through the first 11 months of 2009 to $12.6 million during the same period in 2011.
The DCCC’s numbers are no accident, of course, but the response to the committee’s fundraising efforts has exceeded expectations, according to spokesman Jesse Ferguson.
“We’ve focused on expanding our online and grassroots base of supporters,” Ferguson said in an email to OpenSecrets Blog, “and the response has been better than we could have anticipated.” He cited flash points such as Republican votes on Medicare and the recent tangle over extending the payroll tax cut as times when small donors have been particularly responsive.
No knowing if this is authentically an Anonymous release, but if it is, they are less informed than usual. If this video was done by a poseur, well, look out, Birthers, here comes Anonymous.