Judge: I'll Hear Complaints on Cruz Birther Question

Illinois judge Maureen Ward Kirby sets a hearing date
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 21, 2016 1:38 PM CST
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, pauses while speaking at his South Carolina primary night rally at the South Carolina State Fairgrounds in Columbia, S.C., Saturday, Feb. 20,...   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

(Newser) – Ted Cruz, too Canadian to be president? An Illinois judge says she'll decide in March whether she has jurisdiction over that question, Reuters reports. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Maureen Ward Kirby has set a March 1 date to hear arguments about whether Cruz's birthplace of Calgary, Alberta, makes him ineligible to run for president. Pharmacist and lawyer Lawrence Joyce (who supports Ben Carson) filed the complaint and says he's too busy to appear for arguments before March 1; the Illinois primary comes on March 15, USA Today reports. Meanwhile, a Cruz attorney appeared in court Friday and said it's "very, very clear" that Cook County has no jurisdiction over the case because Cruz wasn't served properly with the complaint. (See why the Cruz birther debate is "pitch perfect.")

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