Just as the president lifted off from D.C. today - headed to the Midwest, then California, and tomorrow Seattle, where his mother was raised - the U.S. Supreme Court announced it had upheld a $20,000 fine against attorney and dentist Orly Taitz, leader of the birther movement that believes John McCain, born in Panama, is an American citizen, but Barack Obama, born in Hawaii, is an alien and therefore not president - actually making that argument in court in defense of an Army captain refusing to deploy to Iraq.
The high court on Monday refused to block a federal judge's October 2009 ruling that required California lawyer and dentist Orly Taitz to pay the $20,000 fine for filing a ''frivolous'' litigation. The judge said Taitz attempted to misuse the federal courts to push a political agenda. Taitz sued in Georgia federal court on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes. Rhodes sought to avoid deployment to Iraq by claiming Obama wasn't born in the United States.