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Birther lawyer denies perjury scheme

Nov. 11, 2009 at 6:48 PM   |   Comments

SANTA ANA, Calif., Nov. 11 (UPI) -- California lawyer Orly Taitz, who contends Barack Obama wasn't U.S. born and so can't be president, denies she asked people to lie in court to support her case.

The Orange County Register reported Wednesday two people -- one man claiming to have a certified copy of Obama's Kenyan birth certificate and the other claiming to have been his homosexual lover -- provided U.S. District Court with affidavits saying Taitz asked them to lie in court to bolster her case. One said she asked him to lie about the alleged birth certificate, reportedly determined to be a fake, and the other said she wanted him to testify that members of Obama's church had been murdered.

Taitz's case was dismissed Oct. 29 by U.S. District Judge David O. Carter, the Register said.

"The court has received several sworn affidavits that Taitz asked potential witnesses that she planned to call before this court to perjure themselves," Carter wrote. "This court is deeply concerned that Taitz may have suborned perjury through witnesses she intended to bring before this court."

While the judge did not make the affidavits public, Taitz named two men in a motion Monday criticizing Carter's dismissal of the case.

She denies the accusations and told the Register she thinks they filed the affidavits in response to pressure put on them by unknown individuals.

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