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Justices Mull Whether to Consider Obama Citizenship Case

Posted Dec 5, 2008 8:53 AM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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Updated: U.S. Supreme Court justices are scheduled to hold a private conference today to consider high court petitions. One that is bringing loads of attention from the media is a case challenging President-elect Barack Obama's citizenship and eligibility for office.

The court did not announce a decision today about whether it would hear the case that Justice Clarence Thomas has listed for the Friday conference, reports The Swamp, a Chicago Tribune blog.

Supporters of the petition held vigil today while the justices met, the Chicago Tribune reports in an earlier story.

The petition is a continuation of a New Jersey case filed by Leo Donofrio that originally sought to stay the election. The Tribune notes that there are many other efforts throughout the country trying to derail Obama's presidency on claims that he wasn't born in the United States or later renounced his citizenship.

Obama has maintained he was born in Hawaii, and Hawaiian officials say his original birth certificate is locked in a vault.

Updated at 3:20 p.m. CT to note that there was no announced decision on Friday.

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