Judge Clay Land: Great American Hero

September 16, 2009 12:10 pm

by Erick · 41 comments

Clay Land is a Federal Judge in the Middle District of Georgia, Columbus Division.

He is a Bush appointee and a solid guy. When I was a lawyer we has some interaction.

Today, he threw out Connie Rhodes’s lawsuit. That lawsuit is the one filed claiming Rhodes cannot be deployed to Iraq because Barack Obama is “not constitutionally eligible to act as Commander in Chief of the United States armed forces.”

According to Judge Land, “After conducting a hearing on Plaintiff’s motion, the Court finds that Plaintiff’s claims are frivolous. Accordingly, her application for a temporary restraining order (Doc. 3) is denied, and her Complaint is dismissed in its entirety. Furthermore, Plaintiff’s counsel is hereby notified that the filing of any future actions in this Court, which are similarly frivolous, shall subject counsel to sanctions.”

Also, Judge Land notes, “Plaintiff’s counsel is a self-proclaimed leader in what has
become known as ‘the birther movement.'”

I love that he called it the Birther movement and I love that he said he’d impose sanctions if the lawyer even attempts to bring this back up in his court.

Clay Land is a great American hero.

ByteMe September 16, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Ok, who hijacked Erick’s login?

Harry September 16, 2009 at 12:51 pm

Erick has always maintained that showing whether or not Obama meets requirements laid down the US Constitution is not an important or relevant issue.

ByteMe September 16, 2009 at 1:04 pm

Yeah, but it’s the “great American hero” comment that has me wondering who hijacked the account. It’s one thing to report it and say “good on ya”, quite another to label the judge a great American hero.

Unless there’s hidden snark, since the crazy nutwings also used the same label with Joe Wilson. Hmm………….. Ok, Occam’s Razor wins: it’s not snark.

Dash Riptide September 16, 2009 at 1:08 pm

Erick has always maintained that showing [every Tom, Dick or even Harry who knows where the local courthouse is] whether or not Obama meets requirements laid down the US Constitution is not an important or relevant issue.

Sounds reasonable.

tinsandwich September 16, 2009 at 1:01 pm

Score one for the Judiciary!

Mad Dog September 16, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Dang activist judge.

Dave Bearse September 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

When Hannity is cited daily as a great American, it’s clear that almost anyone can qualify as a great American.

ByteMe September 16, 2009 at 6:41 pm

I thought it was Hannity who was calling himself that.

Doug Deal September 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm

Hannity ripped that phrase off from a talk show host out of Cincinnati named Bill Cunningham. He is too much of a no talent hack to come up with his own material.

Jeff Scott September 17, 2009 at 12:46 pm

“Great American” was what Sen. Strom Thurmond called anybody about whom he couldn’t think of anything nice to say.

Doug, if you’re looking for some decent talk radio in Middle Georgia to replace the Cute One, try 1350 AM.

Doug Deal September 17, 2009 at 2:58 pm

Jeff, that is rather funny.

What is their lineup?

Hannity and Limbaugh are for nimrods who cannot form their own opinions. I actually used to enjoy listening to G. Gordon Liddy because he at least had a unique show, and the stacked and packed calendars made nice gifts 😉

Jeff Scott September 17, 2009 at 3:34 pm

Fred Thompson 1-3p
Me 3-6p

Yes, it’s shameless self-promotion. Nothing wrong with that, right?


Doug Deal September 17, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Fred Thompson 1-3p

I didn’t know Law and Order was on radio now.

griftdrift September 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm

I sometimes listen to The Patriot as I’m driving down 75. Shocking. I know.

Doug Deal September 18, 2009 at 1:56 pm

I listened to it this morning, and Laura Ingraham was a whole more interesting to listen to than Hannity or Limbaugh. Of course, I have only heard the show the one time.

Max Power September 16, 2009 at 6:37 pm

“Judge Land is a typical puppet of the regime — just like in the Soviet Union,” -Orly Taitz

Now that’s comedy!

AubieTurtle September 16, 2009 at 7:07 pm

Haha… now Bush is in on the conspiracy to place a Kenyan in the White House. I expect Orly Taitz’s brain to explode any day now.

Dash Riptide September 16, 2009 at 8:44 pm

Afterwards she’ll linger for up to two weeks, from what I’ve read.

ByteMe September 17, 2009 at 4:47 am

More than enough time to book her on Fox Friends.

Lone Star Georgian September 17, 2009 at 6:39 am

This is such good news…proof that there are cooler, more reasonable heads still in power here and there.

Good for Judge Land.

tinsandwich September 17, 2009 at 9:55 am

Funny how those cooler heads are usually found in the judiciary branch.

Game Fan September 17, 2009 at 8:51 am

IMHO Erick is no Constitutionalist. Unless I missed his remarks in the past about being opposed to Unitary Executive theory, telecom immunity, or other issues having to do with Presidential power or loss of national sovereignty.

Icarus September 17, 2009 at 11:58 am

Galloway now has some text posted from the Judge, and it’s very much worth the read:


benevolus September 17, 2009 at 12:56 pm

Are the Birthers and the Teabaggers related?

Icarus September 17, 2009 at 12:57 pm

Unfortunately, the Venn diagrams do overlap a bit.

ByteMe September 17, 2009 at 2:00 pm

More than a bit. Birthers, deathers and baggers make up almost (within margin of error) the exact same percentage of the population in polls. What do you think the odds of that are?

Meanwhile, the outcome in a recent NJ poll was that 14% of Republicans thinks Obama is the anti-Christ. Another 15% aren’t sure. Unfortunately, you can’t cure “stupid”.


Doug Deal September 17, 2009 at 2:42 pm

From a technical viewpoint, if you believe in that stuff, “aren’t sure” is really the only correct response. But of course that would be true for everyone alive today or who might ever be born, since no one would know who the anit-Christ is.

My vote is on Icarus.

seenbetrdayz September 18, 2009 at 3:51 am

I’m sure the anti-christ doesn’t appreciate being insulted by these poll results.

Mad Dog September 17, 2009 at 2:06 pm

Looking through my German to English translation book.

I don’t seen Venn Diagram in here?

Icarus September 17, 2009 at 2:08 pm
Doug Deal September 17, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Here is a place you can do more research.


Game Fan September 18, 2009 at 1:48 pm

It’s obvious that you anti-deathers don’t watch much Science Fiction. :)

ByteMe September 18, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Does “Rocky Horror Picture Show” count?

Mad Dog September 18, 2009 at 2:29 pm

Anti-deather ain’t in my German-English dictionary either.

AubieTurtle September 18, 2009 at 11:25 pm

And the hits keep on coming…

Orly Taitz filed a motion on Thursday challenging the judge’s order. Judge Land as you might imagine was rather upset:

“Instead of seriously addressing the substance of the Court’s order, counsel repeats her political diatribe against the President, complains that she did not have time to address dismissal of the action (although she sought expedited consideration), accuses the undersigned of treason, and maintains that “the United States District Courts in the 11th Circuit are subject to political pressure, external control, and . . . subservience to the same illegitimate chain of command which Plaintiff has previously protested.”

He has given Orly Taitz fourteen days to explain her actions or possibly be fined $10,000 for misconduct. I suspect that there is enough support in the birther movement that Orly won’t end up paying the fine herself but this has also caused a formal complaint to made made against her with the California Bar. Hopefully her ability to tie up the courts with this nonsense will soon be eliminated.

GOPGeorgia September 18, 2009 at 11:42 pm

Is this otherwise known as don’t question his ruling or he will fine you? What happened to letting the appellate judge deciding the merits of the appeal?

AubieTurtle September 19, 2009 at 1:12 am

I’m not a legal expert by any means but my impression is that she filed again in the same court, not an appeal at a higher level. This was after being told that the initial filing was frivolous and to not waste the court’s time with any other frivolous filings.

To make things worse for Orly Tairz, it appears that she filed her latest motion without her client’s consent. Her client has now made a complaint against Dr. Tairz with the California Bar Association.

At this point it appears either that she is not mentally sound or is intentionally trying to provoke the court into sanctioning her so she can appear to by a martyr for the cause.

ByteMe September 19, 2009 at 5:43 am

Aubie: your understanding is correct. Her initial filing came with no facts or evidence (her position is that the President has to prove he is a citizen, not that she has any evidence that he is not), her request for the judge to reconsider came after he said don’t let the door hit you in the butt on the way out. You really need to read the court’s previous order in the case to understand how P-O’ed the judge is with having his time wasted by her.

Of course, if you’re already a birther, the Black Man’s been keeping you down for a long time anyway. 😆

GOPGeorgia September 19, 2009 at 9:06 am

Thanks for the explanation. I read “challenge” and assumed it was going to a higher court.

ByteMe September 19, 2009 at 1:11 pm

She might still take it to a higher court, but she’s doing herself and her “cause” no favors by not playing by the judicial rules. It’s not like judges don’t talk to each other.

Game Fan September 19, 2009 at 1:09 pm

Hey, some of us out here in bloggerville simply like to look for the facts, without running it through the political or legal filtration system. You know, like Dick Tracey or Mike Hammer, ect… Whether or not it’s going to catch on doesn’t really effect our decision making processes or logic system or whatever.

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