The U.S. Supreme Court turns down a request by a New Jersey man who says Obama can't be president because his father is from Kenya
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- Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2008 10:58:08 -0800 (PST)
Supreme Court denies appeal challenging Obama's citizenship
Justices, in a one-line order, turn down a request by a New Jersey man
who says Obama can't be president because his father is from Kenya.
By David G. Savage
7:52 AM PST, December 8, 2008
Reporting from Washington -- The U.S. Supreme Court today turned down
an emergency appeal asking justices to consider whether President-
elect Barack Obama is a "natural born citizen," and thereby, eligible
to become president.
In a one-line order, the court denied the request from Leo Donofrio, a
New Jersey man, who claimed that Obama could not be president because
his father was from Kenya. Several other lawsuits have asserted that
Obama was not born in Hawaii, despite his birth certificate showing he
was born there on Aug. 4, 1961.
None of these lawsuits has gained traction in the courts.
One such appeal is still pending at the Supreme Court, although it is
likely to be turned down in a few weeks.
Virtually anyone who loses in a lower court can file an appeal at the
Supreme Court if he or she pays the filing fee.
The Constitution says that "no person except a natural born
Citizen . . . shall be eligible to the Office of President." That
clause excludes naturalized citizens, such as California Gov. Arnold
Schwarzenegger, from becoming president. He was born in Austria.
Savage is a writer in our Washington bureau.
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