U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Birther Appeal

Supreme Court rejected an appeal of a lawsuit challenging President Obama's birthplace.

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Birther Appeal

A lawsuit challenging President Obama's eligibility for office has been rejected for a second time.

Published June 11, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected an appeal of a lawsuit challenging President Obama's birthplace and eligibility for office. The high court declined to comment on what it obviously believes to be the case's lack of merit and just said no. The decision upholds a decision from the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to throw out a suit filed by a group of plaintiffs which included failed presidential candidate and conservative commentator Alan Keyes, an African-American, that argued Obama is not a "natural born citizen" because his father is African and therefore ineligible to serve as president.

They also contend Obama was born in Kenya and his American birth certificate is a forgery. The lower court disagreed and said the plaintiffs had no standing. Keyes and fellow birther theorist Wiley Drake ran against Obama in 2008 on the American Independent Party ticket. The party's executive committee chairman Markham Robinson also is named in the suit.

Obama publically released a copy of his birth certificate last April, but the move has not put birther conspiracies to rest.

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Written by Joyce Jones


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