The de facto leader of the "Birther" movement has launched an all-out attack against a federal judge in Georgia, accusing him of colluding with the US attorney general, comparing him to racist Southern judges of prior eras, and alleging "pervasive bias" in his rulings against her.
And in one passage from her filing, Lawyer Orly Taitz says the term "birther" is a "pejorative appellation ... often coupled with more colorful epithets such as 'batshit crazy,'" and denies that her client in the lawsuit is part of any political movement.
Taitz had filed a lawsuit last month with the US District Court in Columbus, Georgia, on behalf of a US Army captain who challenged her deployment orders to Iraq on the grounds that she can't be sent there on President Obama's orders because he was not born in the United States and is therefore not entitled to be president.
Last month, Judge Clay Land tossed out Taitz's lawsuit, filed on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes, dismissing it and its claim that President Obama wasn't born in the United States as "frivolous." The judge also gave Taitz several weeks to explain why he shouldn't fine her $10,000 for contempt of court.
Shortly after the courtroom defeat, Capt. Rhodes sent a letter to Judge Land saying she no longer wanted to be represented by Taitz in the matter.
In a motion filed with the court on Friday, Taitz asked Judge Land to recuse himself from the case because of "personal contacts and financial stakes he may have with President Barack Obama's administration," reports the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.
And in what is yet another bizarre twist to the case, Taitz filed an affidavit from a witness who claimed to have seen US Attorney General Eric Holder enter a coffee shop in Columbus on a day when the Birther case was to be heard in court.
"I looked up and immediately recognized an individual entering and approaching the serving counter, due to his well know[n] TV displayed distinguishing features: his trim upper lip mustache, not large of stature and general olive complexion," one Robert D. Douglas stated in the affidavit.
Tellingly, the affidavit does not definitively state the person Douglas saw was Holder.
But that was enough for Taitz to conclude, in her court filing, that this amounted to "circumstantial evidence suggesting that, in fact Judge Land was influenced by prior association or direct ex-parte communications with Attorney General Eric Holder, acting as agent on behalf of de facto President Obama."
As the Ledger-Enquirer pointed out, Judge Land is an appointee of former President George W. Bush.