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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Sorry Folks, this Birther Story in Georgia is Newsworthy

A case has been brought against Barack Obama by Georgia residents who say he his not eligible to appear on that state's presidential primary ballot. That, by itself, is not all that newsworthy. However, Georgia Judge Michael M. Malihi has denied Obama's request not to have to appear in front of the court on January 26th. That is newsworthy.

Via the AP:
ATLANTA (AP) — A judge has ordered President Barack Obama to appear in court in Atlanta for a hearing on a complaint that says Obama isn't a natural-born citizen and can't be president.

It's one of many such lawsuits that have been filed across the country, so far without success. A Georgia resident made the complaint, which is intended to keep Obama's name off the state's ballot in the March presidential primary.
What is the argument from the administration as to why Obama shouldn't appear? Well, he's too busy. Here is an excerpt from the Judge's order that denies the administration's motion to quash the subpoena:
In support of his motion, Defendant argues that "if enforced, [the subpoena] requires him to interrupt duties as President of the United States" to attend a hearing in Atlanta, Georgia. However, Defendant fails to provide any legal authority to support his motion to quash the subpoena to attend. Defendant's motion suggests that no President should be compelled to attend a Court hearing. This may be correct. But Defendant has failed to enlighten the Court with any legal authority.
It ends with the following sentence:
Accordingly, the Defendant's motion to quash is denied.
Read the entire order HERE.

Does this mean that Obama will appear in court on January 26th? Hardly, but it'll be interesting to see what the Judge does after getting the proverbial kiss-off.

h/t Free Republic

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