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Captain Connie Rhodes vs. The United States Army

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A Fort Benning soldier will have to wait one more day before hearing a judge's decision in her case.

Captain Connie Rhodes appeared in Federal Court in Columbus Monday afternoon - contesting deployment orders to Iraq.  She recently received her orders to Iraq, but is challenging the lawfulness of the orders because she wants clarification on President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Rhodes wore a purple blouse as she took the stand to answer Judge Land's questions Monday afternoon. She told the judge she wants to fulfill her duties as a medical doctor in the Army and fully understands she could  be deployed into a warzone.

"We need to see how will it be done. She (Rhodes) just wants to make sure that she is serving the remainder of her three term--which is only 1 year under lawful orders," said Attorney Orly Taitz, Captain Rhode's Lawyer,  "Dr. Rhodes does not want to make any statements as to what she will do in the future. We will have to see what or how the orders or what is the decision that will come from judge land."

Attorney for the Army, Major Rebecca Ausprung pressed her point in court that the orders are in fact lawful and the Rhodes should not be concerned with the person giving the orders - meaning Barack Obama.

Judge Clay Land says he will issue a written ruling by Wednesday at noon.

News Leader 9 is following this story. We'll have the latest development in this case as soon as it becomes available.


Another soldier challenging orders

Posted: Sep 11, 2009 6:24 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 14, 2009 11:05 AM EDT

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -  A soldier set to deploy overseas is challenging her orders, arguing President Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen.

Captain Connie Rhodes' lawyer and army officials were set to face off in federal court in Columbus Friday but the proceedings stalled.

U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land held an emergency hearing but the captain, a doctor for the Army, wasn't there.

Her attorney says Rhodes is due at Fort Benning Saturday but was forbidden to leave Fort Riley in Kansas to attend Friday's hearing.

Orly Taitz, her lawyer, says instead of providing President Obama's vital records and proving that he is legitimate, the government is "intimidating and harassing" an officer.

"This is a doctor. This is a surgeon- a highly respected member of the community and they're basically subjecting her to a court martial and possible imprisonment if she disobeys her order and appears at the hearing. This should not be happening to any officer, to any enlisted," Taitz said.

Captain Rhodes is one of hundreds of service members represented by Taitz, all planning on filing similar lawsuits questioning President Obama's status as Commander in Chief.

Litigation for the Army said they were told Captain Rhodes did not request to be at today's hearing and that she still intended to get on her plane Saturday-her lawsuit continuing in her absence.

Judge Land says he wants Captain Rhodes present at the hearing so she can have her day in court and he can ask her some questions.

She is due at Fort Benning Saturday but will not actually deploy until next week.

Judge Land postponed the proceedings till Monday and issued an order for the captain to appear.

In July, Land dismissed a similar case for Major Stefan Cook, saying it lacked standing.

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