Taitz refusing to pay $20,000 sanction

A federal judge slapped the Birther lawyer with a hefty fine, and now the deadline for payment has passed

Published November 13, 2009 7:55PM (EST)

One month ago, U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land hit Birther attorney Orly Taitz with a hefty penalty for having played her games in his courtroom: a $20,000 sanction. At the time, Taitz called the fine "a sign of a dictatorial regime, of tyranny ... [that] shows how corrupt this regime is, how many in federal judiciary are aiding and abetting this massive fraud perpetrated on each and every member of US military and each and every citizen of this country."

As you might imagine, she hasn't exactly rushed to pay up.

Now, the 30 days Taitz was given to pay the sanction have elapsed, and Land has directed the U.S. Attorney's office to collect. But she's remaining as stubborn as ever. Asked by the Ledger-Enquirer, a paper in Georgia -- where Land sits -- whether she intended to pay, Taitz said, "Absolutely not," and added, "If judges start punishing attorneys, then we end up in a totalitarian regime. This can’t go on.”

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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