A New York state judge has fined a Brooklyn-based birther activist and
ordered him to pay $177,000 for a lawsuit he filed to have President
Barack Obama removed from the 2012 ballot.
New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack called Christopher
Earl Strunk's lawsuit "frivolous" and ordered him to pay $167,707 in
attorney costs and a $10,000 fine for a 2011 lawsuit he brought against
Obama and the state Board of Elections, the New York Daily News reports.
Strunk, who has been allied with "birther queen" Orly Taitz, has filed a
series of state and federal lawsuits against Obama. The state Supreme
Court is the main trial court in New York.
The Daily News reports:
If the complaint in this action was a movie script, it would be
entitled The Manchurian Candidate Meets The Da Vinci Code, wrote
Judge Arthur Schack, calling the allegations, fanciful, delusional and
When the judge dismissed the suit a year ago, he blasted birther
arguments that contend Obama isnt a natural-born U.S. citizen.
Schack also mocked Strunk for claiming a massive *** to
defraud American voters (that) was perpetrated by hundreds of
individuals, at the behest of the Roman Catholic Church and especially
the Jesuits. He imposed the fees for three law firms that opposed
Strunk said that he would seek to have the fine removed by the state's
appeals court. Justia lists 21 lawsuits involving Strunk in state and
federal courts nationally, seeking to have Obama removed from the ballot
in several states. Strunk's lawsuits have targeted Obama, state election
officials around the country, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi
(D-Calif.) in her former capacity as speaker of the House, Jesuit
officials in New York and Maryland and the Departments of Commerce,
Homeland Security and State.
Last year, Strunk attempted to serve Obama and his campaign organization
subpoenas on behalf of Taitz as part of a federal lawsuit she had filed
in Mississippi regarding Obama's eligibility to be president. The
affidavit, published on obama***.org, details Strunk's travels
through downtown Chicago in an attempt to find the Obama for America
office and what Strunk says is his near arrest by Secret Service agents
posted at Obama's home in the city's Hyde Park neighborhood. Strunk
claimed that the Secret Service refused to accept the subpoena and that
his cab driver was worried that Strunk would be arrested and the cab
Strunk also swore in an affidavit that Taitz posted on her website that
State Department documents he reviewed show that Obama's mother, Ann
Dunham, declared her son to be an Indonesian citizen.
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