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