In case there was any doubt about Rep. Cynthia Davis' (R-O'Fallon) sincerity in questioning the legitimacy of Barack Obama's birth certificate, this should put things to rest: Davis was in Orange County, California yesterday for a procedural hearing in her civil lawsuit against the President.
At the hearing, Orly Taitz, lawyer for Davis, Rep. Tim Jones and the other plaintiffs in the case, worked through a few techinical issues, and even tried to introduce more testimony about one of their forged Kenyan birth certificates.
Speaking after the proceedings, Davis declared: "I'm here to help the cause!"
(Photo and video of Davis below the jump)
The following photo of Davis and Orly Taitz discussing falsified birth certificates was posted by the American Independent Party National Committee in their play-by-play coverage of yesterday's events.
Lawyer/Dentist/Realtor Orly Taitz is standing over Davis' right should in this picture. The man in the white hat (above) talking to Davis is William Wagener of On Second Thought TV. Thankfully, Wagener has already posted some of his interviews to the internets, including footage of Davis discussing the case.
Davis is sworn into the press conference (seriously) at the 7:00 mark in this clip:
"The whole country is counting on us," Davis said.
The good people at the Orange County Weekly attended the hearing, and published this initial summary:
Today's hearing was about three issues. The first: service. Taitz and her followers had attempted to "serve" Barack Obama with notice of their suit a number of times, each time legally incorrect. But at today's hearing, the government's attorney said the defendant had been properly served. This elicited a stream of congratulations from Carter, who called the government's cooperation "exemplary."
The second issue was a snit on the plaintiff's side. Taitz had originally worked with attorney Gary Kreep in Wiley Drake's lawsuit against Obama, the case that has since blossomed into Barnett v. Obama. At some point, Kreep, Drake and co-plaintiff Markham Robinson decided to part ways with Taitz. Taitz refused to sign a change-of-attorney form, and then filed a motion stating Drake and Robinson's desire to be removed from the lawsuit. Those two plaintiffs say they authorized Taitz to do no such thing...
The third issue was Taitz's motion to recuse Magistrate Judge Arthur Nakazato for bias. The reason? Nakazato struck down one of Taitz's actions for largely technical reasons, even though Carter had assured her in court that he didn't want the case to get bogged down in technicalities. Today, Carter didn't oblige, saying that his comments were not intended to provide Taitz a "carte blanche" to ignore legal rules.
On Oct. 5, the court will hear the government's motion to dismiss the case and Taitz's motion for discovery to begin.