Looks like the petition is for real.
I bet you thought Barack Obama won the presidency and everything was on track for a January inauguration. Fools!
In an extremely unusual move, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has agreed to consider a petition challenging Barack Obama’s citizenship after Justice David Souter had already rejected the petition.
I can’t vouch for the legitimacy of this story, since its source is a publication I’ve never heard of (“ Afro American Newspapers”), but here’s the scoop:
Supreme Court To Decide Obama Citizenship
All eyes will be on the Supreme Court Friday when an eight member panel will consider a lawsuit challenging the legal status of President-elect Barack Obama.
The Afro American Newspapers first reported the story on its website Wednesday night, calling Justice Clarence Thomas’ action highly unusual.
The same case was rejected by Judge David Souter earlier in the year.
When Thomas agreed to hear the appeal he apparently broke with a court tradition of justices not interceding in cases where a colleague has ruled.
The President-elect has maintained he was born in the United States.
For some history, I blogged about this phony “birth certificate” story back in October when a federal judge dismissed the lawsuit. The Afro American Newspapers story is here. Basically, some delusional wingnuts have claimed that Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, all evidence to the contrary. Despite the fact that federal judges have dismissed similar lawsuits on the issue, Clarence Thomas thinks the petition deserves to be heard.
Just as an aside, did you know that the only Supreme Court justice to be impeached was Samuel Chase, who
was impeached for allegedly letting his partisan leanings affect his court decisions.
Yeah, Clarence Thomas might want to remember that.
I guess presiding over one coup in 2000 wasn’t enough for Justice Thomas. Not that I think there’s any chance this will happen, but should SCOTUS decide for some reason that Obama is ineligible to serve as our 44th President they had better be prepared for some major civil unrest as a consequence of that action. I personally will be taking to the streets, as will everyone else I know, and don’t for a second think it will be a phony Brooks Brothers riot-style action.