By Sharon Rondeau
The Post & Email (site is under maintenance at time of publishing; see The Post & Email for further details on this and other Obama eligibility cases, documentation, and history)
All Attorneys to Submit Summaries by February 5
(Jan. 26, 2012) – Atty. Orly Taitz was one of three lawyers who argued in front of Judge Michael Malihi in Atlanta, GA today as a result of challenges claiming that Barack Hussein Obama is not eligible to have his name placed on the state ballot in November.
Neither Obama nor his attorney, Michael Jablonski of Atlanta, attended the hearing. In a last-minute attempt to have the hearing canceled, Jablonski had written a letter to Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp claiming that Malihi had mishandled the complaints and that Obama’s eligibility was a settled matter.
This evening Taitz told The Post & Email that she and the other two attorneys conferred with Judge Malihi in his chambers prior to the hearing, during which Malihi said that since Obama’s attorney was not in attendance, he could issue a default judgment. Alternatively, the attorneys would be allowed to argue their cases if they wished. All three chose to “present their case on the merits.”
Twenty minutes was allotted to Atty. Van Irion, who represented Georgia registered voter David Welden. Irion argued that a determination from Minor v. Happersett stated that a “natural born Citizen” is one born in the U.S. to two citizen parents. Because Obama has claimed that his father was a British citizen, Irion stated that Obama could never qualify regardless of where he was born.
Georgia state representative and Attorney Mark Hatfield followed with allotted time of 30 minutes, although he utilized something less than that. He also argued that Obama did not meet the definition of “natural born Citizen” and referred to the Certification of Nomination forms signed by Nancy Pelosi in 2008 presenting Obama and Biden as nominees.
Taitz had been given two hours for testimony and closing argument. Her case was based not only on the question of Obama’s “natural born” status, but also on the premise that he has committed identity fraud and forgery. Six witnesses traveled to Atlanta, some from the West Coast, to testify.
Taitz contends that Obama is using a social security number which was not issued to him, which Private Investigator Susan Daniels alleged in her testimony. Daniels stated that the number, beginning in “042,” was issued from the state of Connecticut, where Obama neither worked nor resided. Witness John Sampson stated that Obama’s status as a U.S. citizen or possible illegal alien should be checked because of that and other inconsistencies.
Taitz asked questions of witnesses John Sampson and Chito Papa regarding the alleged forgery of Obama’s long-form birth certificate released on April 27, 2011. She became a witness herself before presenting her closing argument.
There was no cross-examination because no one from the defendant’s side attended.
Taitz explained that, contrary to at least one mainstream news report, there will not be another hearing on the Georgia ballot challenges. February 5, 2012 is the deadline for the attorneys to each submit summaries of “facts and points of law.”
Another attorney accompanied Taitz from California to review the testimony and act as an observer during the hearing. He reviewed the testimony of four of the six witnesses on the evening of January 25, 2012.
Altogether, Taitz stated that the Georgia trip cost her $11,000, and she has spent over $6,000 traveling back and forth to Hawaii five times for hearings to procure the release of the original birth certificate allegedly held by the Hawaii Department of Health. During today’s hearing, Taitz told Judge Malihi that she had attempted to obtain “original documents” from Hawaii which to date has not occurred.
At the end of the hearing, Taitz had asked Judge Malihi to hold Obama in contempt of court for failing to appear. We asked Taitz the judge’s response, and she said, “He took it under consideration.”
Taitz said that a video clip of a Fox television station depicts her saying, “Anybody with half a brain” could recognize Obama’s “forged birth certificate.” She said she was the “only person” interviewed afterward by the major media. According to Taitz, news reports were made by Fox, ABC, NBC and CBS.
She told The Post & Email that one reporter asked her, “Don’t you think it is a waste of time to bring this case?” to which she replied, “Having somebody in the White House who has spent more money than all of the past presidents combined is a waste!”
Taitz said she is in need of more donations to continue the cases against Obama.