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Military affirms Army birther's sentence

Apr. 22, 2011 - 01:49PM   |   Last Updated: Apr. 22, 2011 - 01:49PM  |  
Army Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin leaves a military court with his brother Greg Lakin, right, during a break in his court-martial proceeding Dec. 14, 2010, at Fort Meade, Md. Terrence Lakin's six-month prison sentence was affirmed by the commander of the Military District of Washington.
Army Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin leaves a military court with his brother Greg Lakin, right, during a break in his court-martial proceeding Dec. 14, 2010, at Fort Meade, Md. Terrence Lakin's six-month prison sentence was affirmed by the commander of the Military District of Washington. (Steve Ruark / The Associated Press)
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FORT MEADE, Md. — The commander of the Military District of Washington is affirming the six-month prison sentence of an Army doctor who disobeyed deployment orders because he doubted President Barack Obama's eligibility to serve as commander-in-chief.

A spokeswoman said Friday that Army Maj. Gen. Karl Horst has approved the findings and sentence of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin's court-martial in December.

Lakin was sentenced to six months at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, for refusing to go to Afghanistan.

In online videos posted on YouTube, Lakin aligned himself with the so-called "birther" movement that questions whether Obama is a natural-born citizen, as the Constitution requires for presidents.

Lakin's sentence also includes dismissal from the armed services.

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