Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, an 18 year-Army veteran will face charges for disobeying orders and refusing to report earlier this year to Fort Campbell, Kentucky to prepare for deployment. The reason the Army doctor disobeyed his deployment order: he doubts that President Obama was born in the U.S. and therefore questions his eligibility to be commander in chief. According to Lakin, the orders were illegal.
Lakin has not been shy about voicing his birther beliefs and has said that he would “gladly deploy” if President Obama’s original birth certificate were released and proven authentic. But officials in Hawaii, in accordance with Hawaiian law, will not release the birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest in the document. Instead, officials say they have seen and verified the original 1961 birth certificate on record with the state.
To make matters worse for Lakin, a military judge ruled in September that the president’s birth certificate is irrelevant to Lakin’s case. That means his lawyer will not be able to raise the issue as a defense for why Lakin did not report for his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
That means the chances of a conviction are good. If convicted Lakin faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison and dismissal from the Army. His trial and sentencing phase are expected to last approximately three days.
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