Orly Taitz, a GOP candidate for U.S. Senate in California and self-professed queen of the birthers, suffered another legal defeat this week, though this time not while trying to argue that President Barack Obama is a Kenyan-born Muslim socialist.
Taitz had filed suit against Damon Dunn, a former Republican primary opponent in her failed 2010 bid for California Secretary of State, alleging that he had engaged in election fraud as part of a Democratic conspiracy to destroy her candidacy.
Records show that Dunn had previously been registered as a Democrat in other states.
OC Weekly reports that Superior Court Judge Geoffrey T. Glass had struck down Taitz's complaint once before, and that her latest defeat came in a followup appeal. From the Weekly:
Like Glass, the appellate court determined that Dunn had [complied] with candidacy requirements and that Taitz's complaint was a legal mess unworthy of serious consideration.
They said Dunn had no obligation to list his expired, out-of-state party registration affiliations on his 2010 candidacy papers in the secretary of state race.
The court ruled that Dunn would recover the costs of fighting Taitz's appeal.
Taitz, who is currently running in the Republican primary to face incumbent Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein, later responded, seemingly incensed:
Recent decision in Dunn case is beyond outrageous, it is an embarrassment to the US judiciary, it shows that the 3 judges of the Court of Appeals either never read the complaint, absolutely clueless, what is in the complaint, never saw it or are attempting to defraud the public.
She then managed to tie her birther views into a critique of the entire U.S. court system, saying that a recent Georgia court ruling in favor of Obama's ballot eligibility was evidence of its negligence.