Supreme Court Kills Birther Lawsuit

It also ignores pleas of Guantanamo detainees

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jun 11, 2012 11:20 AM CDT | Updated Jun 11, 2012 11:38 AM CDT

(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.

In this March 25, 2012, file photo, people visit the Supreme Court in Washington.   (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
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