Supreme Court Kills Birther Lawsuit
It also ignores pleas of Guantanamo detainees
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 11, 2012 11:20 AM CDT
Updated Jun 11, 2012 11:38 AM CDT
In this March 25, 2012, file photo, people visit the Supreme Court in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court put the kibosh on a lawsuit questioning whether Barack Obama was born in the United States today, shooting down the appeal without comment. The suit was brought by Alan Keyes and Wiley Drake, third-party presidential contenders who argued Obama wasn't eligible to compete, the AP reports. A lower court had already thrown out the suit, and the justices refused to revive it.

The court also refused to hear a case from Guantanamo detainees, who say federal courts have ignored the high court's declaration that they are allowed to challenge their detention. In a similar vein, the court shot down a request from former detainee Jose Padilla to reinstate a lawsuit against Donald Rumsfeld, Leon Panetta, and others. Finally, it decided to avoid getting involved in the latest chapter of the New Haven firefighter case, refusing to block a lawsuit from black firefighters against the city.

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AndrewRei
Jun 12, 2012 9:40 PM CDT
These Birthers idiots need to STFU and simply quit....why? Well, there's something they know but they refuse to believe. As it turns out, it's IRRELEVANT WHERE BHO, JR. WAS BORN BECAUSE HE WAS A NATURAL-BORN CITIZEN AUTOMATICALLY! There's a genesis to this: after WWII and the Korean Conflict, soldiers were bringing home foreign women and some even brought children from their unions back to the United States. Before 1959, the children were given "special dispensation" to be American citizens because their fathers were American. Then, in 1959, the Eisenhower Administration changed the rules to require the American parent to live for a certain amount of time in their lives and a minimum number of years altogether in the US to qualify to make their children US citizens. Barack H. Obama Jr.'s mother, Stanley Anne Dunham, was from Kansas and lived the required number of years and at the required time of her life in the US to qualify ANY AND ALL children she had as US citizens, no matter where they were born. The net effect of this is that the Birthers can come up with all of this "fake birth certificate" nonsense and it's irrelevant. Several other people and I have left messages on the Birthers' web site and Facebook page for more than a year telling them this, but they continued on. It doesn't surprise me that these idiots keep going; after all, they are GOP and the GOP want to keep going with their Reverse Robin Hood fiscal policies, even though they've been a spectacularly colossal failure as job creation tools but have been great wealth creation tools, for example...but that's another story for another day. The long and short of it: Barack H. Obama, Jr. is a US citizen because his mother was American and satisfied all of the requirements to make all of her children US citizens, no matter where they were born. It makes the argument that he wasn't born in Hawai'i (or in the US) irrelevant. What they need to do now is to join the rest of us who are trying to get the SCOTUS to reverse themselves on the tremendously stupid Citizens United decision.
Cat-Lover
Jun 11, 2012 8:21 PM CDT
Impeach John Roberts.
cornelison
Jun 11, 2012 3:30 PM CDT
Maybe the conservative justices don't want Mark Rubio harassed if he's the VP choice. In any event, the birthers are not going away. Birtherism has now become a lifestyle.