POSTED: 10:49 a.m. HST, May 13, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 10:51 a.m. HST, May 13, 2011
HAGERSTOWN, Md. >> An Army doctor who disobeyed deployment orders because he doubted President Barack Obama’s birth records has been freed from a military prison in Kansas.
A Fort Leavenworth spokesman says Terry Lakin was released Friday after serving five months of a six-month sentence for refusing to go to Afghanistan.
Lakin, of Greeley, Colo., pleaded guilty in December to disobeying orders and was convicted of missing a flight that would have gotten him to his eventual deployment Lakin was tried at Fort Meade.
The doctor had aligned himself in YouTube videos with the so-called “birther” movement that questioned whether Obama is a natural-born citizen, as the Constitution requires for presidents.
The White House put the controversy largely to rest last month by releasing the president’s detailed Hawaii birth certificate.