Quantcast
  

Sunday, April 20, 2014         

 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

'Birther' colonel sentenced to 6 months in jail, dismissal

By Associated Press

POSTED:



An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama's eligibility to be commander in chief was sentenced by a jury yesterday to six months in a military prison and dismissal from the Army.

The military jury spent five hours deliberating punishment for Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin after three days of court martial proceedings at Fort Meade.

Lakin was convicted of disobeying orders -- he had pleaded guilty to that count -- and missing a flight that would have gotten him to his eventual deployment. An Army commander, Maj. Gen. Karl Horst, still has to approve the jury's sentence. Upon approval of the sentence, Lakin will be granted an automatic appeal that would be considered by the Army Court of Criminal Appeals. He was to begin serving his sentence immediately.

In online videos posted on YouTube, Lakin aligned himself with the "birther" movement that questions whether Obama is a natural-born citizen, as the Constitution requires for presidents, and said he was inviting his own court martial.

But Lakin said Wednesday that despite his questions about Obama's eligibility for office, he was wrong not to follow Army orders.

Officials in Hawaii say they have seen and verified Obama's original 1961 birth certificate.






 Print   Email   Comment | View 0 Comments   Most Popular   Save   Post   Retweet

COMMENTS
(0)
You must be subscribed to participate in discussions
By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may receive a warning, and if you persist with such comments you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.
Leave a comment

Please login to leave a comment.
IN OTHER NEWS
Latest News/Updates