A federal judge has dismissed a Washington lawsuit by “birther” activist Orly Taitz challenging President Barack Obama’s citizenship.
Taitz, a dentist and lawyer from California known for her occasional TV news appearances, filed a “quo warranto” complaint challenging Obama’s status as a natural born citizen and demanding that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton provide a copy of the president’s birth certificate.
The case landed with Chief Judge Royce Lamberth of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, who, suffice it to say, was having none of it.
“This is one of several such suits filed by Ms. Taitz in her quixotic attempt to prove that President Obama is not a natural born citizen as required by [the] Constitution,” Lamberth wrote in a decision published on April 14. “This Court is not willing to go tilting at windmills with her.”
Lamberth wrote that only the U.S. attorney general or a U.S. attorney’s office can ask a court to file a writ of quo warranto, which according to Black’s Law Dictionary is a “common-law writ used to inquire the authority by which a public office is held.”
Lamberth dismissed a slew of other counts in which Taitz alleged violations of the False Claims Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. He also rejected her argument that the recently passed health care reform act was unconstitutional because, having failed to prove he was a natural born citizen, Obama did not have the authority to sign the bill into law. Lamberth pointed out that at the time she amended her complaint to include that claim, Obama had not actually signed the bill.