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Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 07/26/2011

Leading ‘birther’ Taitz chastised by federal judge

A prominent ‘birther’ and critic of President Obama has been chastised by a federal judge for “either toying with the Court or displaying her own stupidity” because she can’t seem to redact the right kind of information in court pleadings.

Orly Taitz, who has repeatedly and unsuccessfully challenged Obama’s citizenship in the courts, is suing the Social Security administration under the Freedom of Information Act. She wants information about a social security number she believes that Obama is using fraudulently.

But Taitz cannot seem to redact the right information from the number in question, according to an order issued Monday by U.S. District Judge Royce C. Lamberth. Taitz keeps redacting the wrong digits in court pleadings — even after doing it correctly, according to the judge.

Local court rules state that people must redact all but the last four digits of social security numbers included in court filings. Instead, Taitz kept redacting the last four digits.

“There is no logical explanation she can provide as to why she is now wasting the Court’s time, as well as staff’s time, with these improper redactions,”he wrote.

He also noted that Taitz called a courtroom deputy and engaged in a “lengthy, accusatory conversation” and has made “the somewhat hysterical claim in her motion for reconsideration that there may be an ‘employee in this court, who is intentionally sabotaging’” her case.

On her blog, Taitz responded to an e-mail from a Legal Times reporter on Monday seeking a comment about the critical order: “Some employees of the DC Court are lying to the judge. I kept record of all the phone calls, faxes and e-mails to the DC court and I have multiple witnesses as well. Some employee or employees of the DC court is/are lying and will be held accountable.”

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