Court Tosses 'Natural Born' Obama Case

No comment on NJ man's claim about citizenship
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 8, 2008 10:02 AM CST
The Supreme Court has tossed a case questioning Obama's presidential eligibility.   (AP Photo/Alex Wong)
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(Newser) – The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth. Leo Donofrio says that since the president-elect had dual nationality at birth—his mother was American and his Kenyan father was a British subject at the time—he cannot possibly be a "natural born citizen" as constitutionally required.

Donofrio also contends that John McCain and Socialist Workers candidate Roger Calero aren’t natural-born citizens. At least one other appeal over Obama's citizenship remains on the high court's docket. A Pennsylvania man argues that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii as Obama says and the Hawaii secretary of state has confirmed. Federal courts in Pennsylvania have dismissed that lawsuit.