Supreme Court turns down another Obama citizenship case

Once again, the justices have declined to hear arguments that Barack Obama isn't eligible to be president.


Alex Koppelman
December 16, 2008 12:53AM (UTC)

I'm actually off all this week, but I thought I'd pop in to let you all know about some important news: The conspiracy hasn't ended, and now the Supreme Court is part of it.

Yes, for the second week in a row, the court has decided not to hear a case that contends Barack Obama is not eligible to be president. Monday, the justices announced, without comment, that they had declined Wrotnowski v. Bysiewicz, in which the plaintiff contends that even though Obama was born in the U.S., he doesn't meet the Constitution's requirement for the job since he inherited his father's British citizenship at birth.

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The argument in the case rejected Monday is different from other challenges still working their way through the courts. Other plaintiffs claim, wrongly, that Obama was not born in Hawaii and that a certification of live birth released by his campaign is a forgery. As I explained in an article about the conspiracy theories, however, it's unlikely that these stories will go away any time soon, no matter how many times courts refuse to hear related lawsuits or how much evidence there is proving that Obama is eligible to be president.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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