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Lawsuits Challenging Obama's Citizenship Persist

The presidential election may be over, but the lawsuits continue. (H/T court-o-rama). As you may recall, early on in the election cycle, some challenged McCain's eligibility because he was born on a naval base outside of the United States. Those issues were eventually resolved (not to mention, rendered moot by his loss), but now the accusations regarding failure to meet constitutional citizenship requirements are being levied against Obama, with groups arguing that the president-elect wasn't really born in Hawaii, or alternatively, that he renounced his U.S. citizenship when he moved to Indonesia as a child.

Though the lawsuits seem outlandish and desperate, they've persisted as an annoyance, nonetheless. Alan Keyes, one of Obama's former opponents in the Illinois Senate race, filed suit to halt certification of votes in California, while a Kentucky man seeks to have a federal judge review Obama's original birth certificate. Two other suits in Ohio and Hawaii have already dismissed. But the matter has gained more attention because one case out of New Jersey has reached the Supreme Court, which will decide on Friday whether to review the lawsuit. Not surprisingly, experts (including blogger Eugene Volokh who's quoted in the article) don't give the case much chance of success.

Posted by Carolyn Elefant on December 4, 2008 at 10:45 AM | Permalink | Comments (10)


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