'Birther' attorney appeals judge's $20,000 sanction

Calling remarks made by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land "nothing short of a political lynching," California attorney Orly Taitz has appealed a $20,000 fine imposed by the judge for her actions in his court.

Taitz, a leader of the "Birther" movement that does not believe President Barack Obama was born in the United States, on Monday asked the U.S. Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit in Atlanta, to review Land's Oct. 13 ruling.

Land's rebuke stems from a Sept. 17 motion Taitz filed on behalf of former client Capt. Connie Rhodes, who sought to halt her deployment to Iraq on arguments that Obama couldn’t legitimately hold office.

Land denied the motion and Rhodes, an Army surgeon, was deployed.

Land told Taitz the previous day that she could face sanctions if she ever again filed a "frivolous" suit in his court. When Taitz filed the motion for emergency stay, Land gave Taitz two weeks to explain why he shouldn't sanction her $10,000.

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