Supreme Court to Orly Taitz: Pay Up for "Birther" Litigation

Orly Taitz (FiredUpMissouri/Flickr)
Supreme Court to Orly Taitz: Pay Up for "Frivolous" Birther Litigation
Orly Taitz (FiredUpMissouri/Flickr)

WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) The Supreme Court has upheld a $20,000 fine against Orly Taitz, a leader in the "birther" movement that challenges President Barack Obama's citizenship.

On Monday, the high court  refused to block a federal judge's October 2009 ruling that required the California lawyer and dentist to pay the $20,000 fine for filing a "frivolous" litigation. The judge said Taitz attempted to misuse the federal courts to push a political agenda.

Taitz sued in Georgia federal court on behalf of Army Capt. Connie Rhodes. Rhodes sought to avoid deployment to Iraq by claiming Obama wasn't born in the United States.

Orly Taitz has claimed that Obama was born in Kenya, and hasn't produced a true copy of his birth certificate, according to The Joplin Globe.

Justice Samuel Alito on Monday rejected Taitz's second request to block the sanctions. Justice Clarence Thomas had rejected the request earlier.