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Obama records denied in birther trial

I've said before that Lt. Col. Terry Lakin's criminal trial, over his refusal to serve unless given proof of President Barack Obama's citizenship, is more or less a publicity stunt. After this week, it's purely a publicity stunt, and no longer can offer the "birther movement" any hope that it will lead to the uncovering of Obama's records. After the jump, you'll find a memo from Lt. Col. Daniel Driscoll, the investigating officer in Lakin's court martial, which shreds Lakin's argument that Obama's records must be produced for this case.

In my view our constitutional jurisprudence allows Congress alone, and not a military judicial body, to put the President's credentials on trial. For this reason and the reasons stated ... above, it is my opinion the discovery items pertaining to the President's credentials are not relevant to the proof of any element of the charges and specifications set forth in the charge sheet. Consequently I will not examine the documents or witnesses pertinent to the President or his credentials to hold office.

Last week, some of the conservative bloggers who criticized me held up my occasional coverage of "birthers" as an example of how I don't take the movement seriously. On the contrary, I pay attention to a story like this because I see scam artistry at work, meant to divert the attention and money of conservative activists with much better things to do. In this case, there is no longer any possibility that Lakin's crusade will produce a birther breakthrough. Time to close your wallet.

Lakin Memo from IO

By David Weigel  |  June 4, 2010; 12:45 PM ET
Categories:  Fringe  
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