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May 29 2013

Insane Prisoner Files Birther Suit

A federal inmate in Iowa who ran for president last year as a Democrat and got on the ballot in some states (even getting about 40% of the vote in West Virginia) has filed a suit to have President Obama declared a Kenyan and thrown out of the White House.

A federal prison inmate and failed Democratic presidential candidate has sued the Iowa Secretary of State and President Barack Obama in the hopes of getting a legal declaration that Obama is not a U.S. citizen and therefore was not a proper candidate to become commander-in-chief…

Court papers contend Obama is a Kenyan citizen by virtue of being the son of a Kenyan native. Therefore, Obama “is not qualified for president of the United States,” the lawsuit contends.

You’re probably wondering why he’s in prison. This is fun:

Online court records show Judd currently is serving a 17-1/2-year prison sentence for sending threatening mail to a Texas woman whom he apparently believed to be a clone of singer Stevie Nicks.

“I thought that it was the illness and he made, like, an honest mistake,” Karen Corey-Daniels told a reporter for the Charleston, West Va., Daily Mail last year. “And he thought I really wasn’t me, that Stevie Nicks from Fleetwood Mac had paid to have me made so she could come down between concert dates and run my home improvement company.”

I hope he’s represented by Orly Taitz.

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  1. 1
    TGAP Dad

    I hope he’s represented by Orly Taitz.

    Is there anyone else who’d represent him?

  2. 2
    heddle

    even getting about 40% of the vote in West Virginia

    40% ???? Really?

  3. 3
    Ben P

    40% ???? Really?

    He ran against Obama in the Democratic Primary. The primary was open and Republicans voted in the democratic primary to vote for a convict.

  4. 4
    heddle

    He ran against Obama in the Democratic Primary. The primary was open and Republicans voted in the democratic primary to vote for a convict.

    Ah…. Thanks! A rational explanation based on the irrational behavior of Republicans.

  5. 5
    d.c.wilson

    If Orly Taitz represents him, he may mistake her for the transgender clone of Harpo Marx.

  6. 6
    W. Kevin Vicklund

    I hope he’s represented by Orly Taitz.

    He has been represented by Taitz before (and currently is in a case appealed to the 9th CIrcuit, with briefs due in two weeks). Taitz said last week that she was about to file a new case, so this may be it.

  7. 7
    composer99

    I don’t know what the eligibility is for ex-convicts running for office in the US (as a bleeding-heart liberal I would at least expect that being an ex-convict should not be sufficient to disqualify someone), but it does strike me as odd that someone currently incarcerated is eligible to run for office.

  8. 8
    W. Kevin Vicklund

    Apparently Taitz is not (yet) involved.

  9. 9
    richardelguru

    I have a Birther Suit: I wear it under my clothes

  10. 10
    eamick

    I don’t know what the eligibility is for ex-convicts running for office in the US (as a bleeding-heart liberal I would at least expect that being an ex-convict should not be sufficient to disqualify someone), but it does strike me as odd that someone currently incarcerated is eligible to run for office.

    Eugene Debs ran for president from federal prison in 1920 and got 900,000 or so votes.

  11. 11
    slc1

    Apparently, ole Orly thinks that Ted Cruz is also ineligible due to being born in Canada with one parent not a US citizen.

  12. 12
    thascius

    Of course she thinks Ted Cruz is eligible. He has one parent who is a citizen so he is a natural-born citizen. More importantly he’s a Republican. And European looking. And a Republican. And did I mention he’s a Republican? For Orly and her ilk there can be no such thing as a legitmate Democratic president. And if Hilary or another Democrat is elected in 2016 they’ll find all sorts or reasons why he or she isn’t REALLY the president.

  13. 13
    sc_770d159609e0f8deaa72849e3731a29d

    Whatever the circumstances, it’s worrying that someone who seems to be seriously mentally il is serving a seventeen-year prison sentence without any clinical examination to see if his condition is treatable.

  14. 14
    Ben P

    Whatever the circumstances, it’s worrying that someone who seems to be seriously mentally il is serving a seventeen-year prison sentence without any clinical examination to see if his condition is treatable.

    Welcome to the justice system. You commit the crime, you serve the time. The idea of “not guilty by reason of insanity” is usually a joke, and lots of people who are seriously mentally ill get convicted and sent to prison, where maybe they get treated, maybe they don’t.

    The classical test for not guilty by reason of insanity is so strict, virtually everyone who actually gets it suffers from mental illness on the level that it is so obvious there was little choice.

  15. 15
    cottonnero

    I’m imagining their first meeting: “You know, this is the first time I’ve represented someone crazier than me.”

  16. 16
    democommie

    I can see it now.

    Bailiff says, “All rise!”, judge enters from his chambers, settles himself on the bench and asks for counsel to make themselves known to the court.

    State’s attorney does so. Defendant rises from chair, looks around room, lowers his head for a moment, then raises it again and says:

    “Your honor, my legal team is not here, I will represent myself.”

    The judge tells him the one about having, “a fool for a client”.

    Then Orly enters the courtroom and the judge says:

    “It could be worse.”.

  17. 17
    slc1

    Re thascius @ #12

    Actually, ole Orly diesn’t think that Cruz is eligible.

    He is not eligible,” Orly Taitz, a lawyer and dentist from California who started the movement, told Fox News Latino. “It’s not personal. I really like him.”

    http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/politics/2013/05/02/does-tx-sen-ted-cruz-qualify-for-president-though-was-born-in-canada/#ixzz2Uiw7OFvH

  18. 18
    d.c.wilson

    I don’t know what the eligibility is for ex-convicts running for office in the US (as a bleeding-heart liberal I would at least expect that being an ex-convict should not be sufficient to disqualify someone), but it does strike me as odd that someone currently incarcerated is eligible to run for office.

    Just about anyone who meets the bare minimum qualifications (residency, age, citizenship) can file a petition to run for office. Some states bar convicted felons from serving in state offices, but the only barriers to running for president are the ones in the Constitution.

  19. 19
    thascius

    @17
    I’m really surprised to see that level of consistency in a birther. I’m willing to bet though, if he is the Republican nominee in 2016 she’ll be singing a different tune.

  20. 20
    dingojack

    d.c.wilson (#6) – nah. Harpo played a mute (as well as a harp).

    richardelguru (#9) – except for the huge white Y-fronts, obviously.

    Sounds like the guy might have something like this.

    Dingo

  21. 21
    sezme

    … 17-1/2-year prison sentence for sending threatening mail … Wow. Note to self: Avoid Iowa.

  22. 22
    ragarth

    While it’s unfortunate that the convicted fellow decided to run for president just to mess with the democrats, I’m glad that convicts, can run for public office even while serving time in prison. It’s at least a minimal defense against the incumbent party arresting people in other parties to keep them from running.

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