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Justices Meeting on Obama Citizenship Case

Thursday, 04 Dec 2008 01:22 PM

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The U.S. Supreme Court is meeting Friday to consider a lawsuit challenging President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship, but few legal scholars expect justices to take the case.

The case is a continuation of a New Jersey case embraced by some opponents of the president-elect who originally intended to stay the election. As the justices meet, a vigil by the filer's supporters will take place in Washington on the steps of the nation's highest court.

The suit originally was filed on behalf of Leo Donofrio against New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells.

The appeal has little chance of succeeding, according to legal experts consulted by The Chicago Tribune, even though it appears on the court’s schedule.

It is one of many efforts around the nation seeking to prevent Obama from taking office based on accusations that he either wasn't born a U.S. citizen or that he later renounced his citizenship in Indonesia.

The Obama campaign has maintained that he was born in Hawaii, has an authentic birth certificate, and is a "natural-born" U.S. citizen. Hawaiian officials agree.

Among those who have filed lawsuits is Alan Keyes, who lost to Obama in the 2004 Illinois Senate race, the Tribune reported Thursday. Keyes is seeking to halt certification of votes in California. Lawyers from the United States Justice Foundation are representing Keyes.

Another suit by a Kentucky man wants a federal judge to review Obama's original birth certificate, which Hawaiian officials say exists and is locked in a state vault.

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