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Supreme Court Won’t Hear Challenge to Obama’s Citizenship

Posted Dec 8, 2008 11:31 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal challenging Barack Obama’s citizenship.

The emergency appeal turned down today had contended Obama could not be president because his father was from Kenya, giving the president-elect dual citizenship, report the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. The suit was filed by New Jersey voter Leo Donofrio.

Another pending cert petition contends Obama was not born in Hawaii, despite a state birth certificate showing the birth. The suit by Pennsylvania resident Philip Berg alternatively argues that Obama renounced his citizenship as a boy in Indonesia.

The appeal denied today was Donofrio v. Wells, SCOTUSblog reports.

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