The Supreme Court on Monday refused to stay $20,000 in sanctions against attorney-dentist Orly Taitz, a leading figure in the so-called “birther movement.”

Taitz was fined by U.S. District Judge Clay Land of Columbus, Ga., last year in connection with her motion for a restraining order to prevent the deployment to Iraq of her client, Capt. Connie Rhodes, a U.S. Army physician. Taitz argued the deployment order was illegal because President Barack Obama was serving illegally as president. Land rejected the motion as frivolous. Taitz subsequently publicly declared his decision “an act of treason” and filed a motion for a rehearing.