New Setback For Terry Lakin
All Evidence Denied
FORT MEADE, Md (USA) -- Another big legal setback for the Walter Reed doctor who refuses to deploy to Afghanistan until he sees President Obama's original birth certificate.
A military judge ruled the President's birth records were irrelevant to the case that could send Lt. Col Terrence Lakin to federal prison for four years of hard labor.
This is the controversy that just won't go away.
Polls suggest about a quarter of Americans doubt President Obama was born in the US, even though all kinds of mainstream news organizations have debunked the so called birther arguments.
You can go on the web and look at pictures of a his Hawaiian certification of live birth that shows he was born in Honolulu.
There's even a birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper from 1961.
But Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin still doesn't believe it. The flight surgeon was back before a judge in a last ditch attempt to salvage some kind of defense case. A case funded by the conservative American Patriot Foundation and publicized on YouTube.
"I am disobeying my orders to deploy," says Lakin on YouTube, "because I, and I believe all servicemen and women and the American people deserve the truth about President Obama's constitutional eligibility to the Office of the Presidency and the Commander in Chief."
But things aren't going well for Lakin as his case heads toward trial on charges of missing a movement, disobeying lawful orders, and dereliction of duty.
The judge turned down two more witnesses... ruled the orders at issue ARE lawful ... and found that Lakin's motives are irrelevant... at least until sentencing.
"It is impossible for us to put on a defense without them," says defense attorney Paul Rolf Jensen. "We've been deprived of everything, what else is left."
The Obama campaign did release a short form Certification of Live Birth that shows the President was born in Honolulu.
The state health director and registrar of vital statistics say state law prevents them from releasing the original birth certificate with the doctor's signature.
"And President Richard Nixon said he wasn't a crook, and President Clinton said he didn't have sex with that woman," says Jensen. "The point is, we are in a court of law, let him come in and be subject to cross examination with the original documentation. What do they have to hide?"
The military judge did delay the start of the trial for a month to give the defense more time to ask the court of appeals for help.
Written by Bruce Leshan
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