Back when I worked as a judicial extern, and then as a law clerk, one of the greatest challenges was to draft orders for the judge to address motions filed by deranged people. Often their legal theories were so bizarre and removed from real-world jurisprudence, their factual assertions so unbalanced, that even summarizing them for the purpose of addressing them was a Herculean task. My co-clerks and I were always tempted to have a DENIED: BATSHIT CRAZY stamp made for our judges. But both judges I worked for explained that summary denials never fixed the problem, and that both justice and the sound administration thereof required courts to address crazy motions as if they were serious, and analyze them based on established standards, rather than throwing up our hands.
Courtesy of Below the Beltway, I see that United States District Court Judge Clay D. Land of the Middle District of Georgia agrees. Faced with the bizarre sideshow antics of birther hive-queen Orly Taitz, Land has sanctioned her $20,000 — and done so in a masterful order that takes her and her arguments in court deadly seriously. The order is a model of judicial calmness in the face of unhinged shrieking by a litigant, dispatching Taitz's nutty arguments one by one. (I particularly like Tatiz's argument that the judge must have received improper ex parte orders from the Obama Justice Department because some birther saw a black guy at a local Starbucks who looked just like Eric Holder.) The judge even manages some real eloquence in his devastatingly well-documented rebuke. Good for Judge Land. Read the order through the link.
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