Brooklyn Judge Arthur Schack dismissed a lawsuit recently as “fanciful, delusional and irrational,” before fining the person that filed the lawsuit, Christopher Earl Strunk, a whopping $177,000 essentially for wasting everyone’s time.
Apparently Strunk has been the author of multiple lawsuits that resulted in dismissal before, making this somewhat of a pattern of his. This particular one listed the New York Board of Elections, President Barack Obama and others as defendants, and attempted to disqualify Barack Obama from presidential candidacy by establishing that he is not a citizen of the United States.
The result? Being mocked by a judge and in the media, not to mention a huge fine. NY 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 irrational.”
When the judge dismissed the suit a year ago, he blasted birther arguments that contend Obama isn’t a natural-born U.S. citizen.
Schack also mocked Strunk for claiming a “massive conspiracy 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’s lawsuits.
Strunk has stated that he will not pay the fine.
While birtherism is, as it should be, a fringe conspiracy theory, the truth is that many conservatives, including high-ranking members of the Republican Party or benefactors such as Donald Trump, buy into it. Or, at least, some version of things that makes Barack Obama an illegitimate president. Judges like this showing how ridiculous this paradigm is are benefiting us all, and the office of the President especially.
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