Thursday, June 03, 2010

Lakin's Eligibility Defense Gets Torpedoed - Now What?

It looks like Lakin will not be able to call the President's eligibility into question at his Court Martial. Is his goose cooked, or will Alan Keyes save him?

Don't you hate it when you're right, if only for someone else's sake?

In my case, it's for LTC Terry Lakin's sake. As of this moment, it has been made clear to him by the Investigating Officer of his upcoming Court Martial that his attempt to defend his insubordination by questioning the eligibility of his commander in chief is not going to happen - period. The attempt to subpoena the President, scads of his documents, and record custodians of the State of Hawai'i was shot down before takeoff, much to Lakin's (and World Net Daily's) dismay.

Lakin said the result "makes it impossible for me to have a fair hearing."

"I cannot even raise the issue of the president's eligibility, on the grounds that my position has 'no basis in law,'" he said.

Well... they have been trying to tell you that, sir! Have you not been listening as numerous people, much more well-versed in Military Law that you - apparently - have been saying that you have no case?

I guess not!

The only surprise here - and I'm not the only one, I'm sure - is that Alan Keyes and Ret. Major General Paul Vallely were allowed to be subpoenaed. I have no idea what the hell they think they're going to say, other than make fools of themselves and the person they've chosen to champion, but the IO wanted to be thorough and inclusive. Or maybe he just wants to see how badly the train wrecks.

To top it all off, the Investigative Officer politely shat all over the Defense's rather shoddy filings, and poor attempts at argumentation. It would seem that our poor assessment of Paul Rolf "Otis" Jensen's legal acumen would seem to be accurate. This means that, if nothing else, the upcoming hearing is going to be nothing if not sadly amusing.

Is it too late for LTC Lakin to just throw up his hands, cop a plea, and beg forgiveness? It might not do him or his career much good, at this point, but it would at least save him the eternal embarrassment that this legal spectacle will otherwise case.

If there's peace with honor card left to play, I hope he takes it. I also hope the taking involves him discussing - preferably at some length - the means by which his new Birther friends recruited him, and what their long term plans might be.

I know I'm kind of curious - aren't you?


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