Discharged Birther Army Doc Gets 6 Months in Prison
Terry Lakin 'crushed'
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff | Suggested by kokuaguy
Posted Dec 17, 2010 2:59 AM CST
Army Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo., left, leaves a military court after being found guilty of missing a flight for deployment.   (AP)

(Newser) – An Army doctor who refused to deploy to Afghanistan until he saw President Obama's birth certificate has been kicked out of the service and jailed for 6 months. Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, an 18-year-veteran, was found guilty of disobeying orders and ignoring his deployment instructions after a 3-day court martial attended by dozens of "birthers," Stars and Stripes reports. He had argued that the president wasn't the lawful commander in chief until he proved to Lakin that he was born in the US.

Lakin—who could have been sentenced to up to 3 years in military prison—also forfeits his retirement benefits. The doctor said a YouTube video in which he admits inviting his own court-martial was a mistake, brought on by pressure and bad advice from supporters. "I want to continue to serve," a teary-eyed Lakin told jurors during the sentencing phase. "It crushed me not to be on deployment. I can be on a plane tomorrow. I’d truly do that.”

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Gloria Riley
Dec 18, 2010 6:24 AM CST
Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is a HERO!!!!!! GOD bless him for trying to uncover documents that millions have been spent to hide from the real Americans.
BlahBlahBlah
Dec 17, 2010 3:08 PM CST
P.O.S should have gotten the full three years. He sat in America safe and sound and cried about a fake conspiracy while men and women in far inferior positions to his own fought and died for this nation.
Arthurpa
Dec 17, 2010 1:46 PM CST
LTC Lakin signed an oath as a military officer, he agreed not to follow illegal orders. He agreed to protect and defend our Constitution against all enemies - foreign and domestic. For two years he was working normal channels to have Mr. Obama release his long-form birth certificate. That did not happen. Why would Mr. Obama not release his BS proving his eligibility for being Commander-in-Chief of the military? I can guess why! Because he can't.l His birth certificate woul expose haim as a fraud. Mr. Obama is not my president. He was born August 4, 1961 in Mombasa, Kenya. Therefore LTC Lakin was absolutely correct in seeking an answer to his question!