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Wednesday, October 14, 2009 - 1:24pm

Judge Fines 'Birther' Leader

Updated: 5 years ago.
An Army captain fighting that's deployment claims President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States and, therefore, can't be commander-in-chief. (photo courtesy Steve Jurvetson)

A federal judge in Georgia yesterday fined a leader of the so-called "birther" movement, which claims President Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen.

In a scathing 43-page order, U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land said California lawyer Orly Taitz filed "frivolous" litigation and attempted to misuse the court system to promote her political agenda.

Taitz filed suit in a Georgia federal court on behalf of Army Captain Connie Rhodes.

Rhodes was trying to avoid deployment to Iraq, claiming Mr. Obama wasn't born in the United States and, therefore, not commander-in-chief.

The President was born in Hawaii.

The judge had already dismissed the lawsuit, but Taitz continued to file motions.

Land fined her $20,000, saying it’s necessary to protect the integrity of the courts.

Taitz called the fine an absolute outrage.