'Birther' attorney Orly Taitz asks judge to recuse himself

Attorney Orly Taitz, the "birther" lawyer under threat of sanctions by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land for filing a "frivolous" lawsuit, filed a motion Friday asking the judge to recuse himself because of personal contacts and financial stakes he may have with President Barack Obama's administration.

Land was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush.

Taitz represented Army Capt. Connie Rhodes when she filed a Sept. 4 complaint arguing Rhodes shouldn’t be deployed to Iraq because Obama couldn't legitimately hold office. Land not only ruled against Rhodes, but ordered Taitz to explain why he should not fine her $10,000 for filing a "frivolous" lawsuit.

On Friday, Taitz asked for an extension to respond to that order, but also asked that Land recuse himself from the case.

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