Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially.More ↓Less ↑
A lawyer whose case challenging Barack Obama’s eligibility to occupy the Oval Office was denied a hearing in the U.S. Supreme Court says she will demand records of a meeting between the justices and the president.
California lawyer Orly Taitz, who has several cases pending over the issue of Obama’s status as a “natural born” citizen, told WND she will take action soon.
Her case was the most recent on which the Supreme Court held a “conference,” an off-the-record discussion at which justices discuss whether to take a case. Taitz told WND the justices decided Jan. 23 to deny her case a hearing on its merits.
The result was the same for previous cases brought by Philip Berg, whose information is on his ObamaCrimes.com website, as well as Cort Wrotnowski.
Like Berg’s cases, Taitz said hers now reverts to the lower court, where it was pending when her emergency appeals were submitted to the Supreme Court.
But the Supreme Court’s actions now may become the subject of further questions, because Obama visited with the justices in their private chambers in a meeting closed to the public just before his inauguration. Taitz said a defendant in a legal action meeting with the judges who are deciding the case without having a representative from the other side is unprecedented – and unacceptable.
“I will file a motion to the chief justice to compel the records of this private meeting, that was held only a few days before my case was supposed to be heard,” Taitz said in a posting on her website.
“I would like to get information about what was discussed,” she told WND in an interview. “It’s unheard of for the Supreme Court to meet with [one] party when a case is pending.”
Multiple reports confirmed Obama met in private with eight of the nine justices. Justice Samuel Alito was absent.
The meeting, wrote Taitz, was “only a few days before my case was supposed to be heard, where the plaintiffs state that Mr. Soetoro-Obama is illegitimate for [the] presidency due to the fact that his father was a foreign subject and there is no evidence that Mr. Obama was really born in Hawaii, since the state of Hawaii statute 338 allows foreign born children of Hawaiian residents to obtain Hawaiian certification of live birth and such certification can be obtained based on an affidavit of one relative only.”
Taitz noted there have been almost three dozen legal actions over the issue, but Obama has refused to provide his original birth certificate, no hospital in Hawaii has records of his birth and there have been people who claim he was born in Kenya.
“We believe that Mr. Obama has spent over $800,000 on numerous attorneys to keep his original birth certificate sealed, because the original vault birth certificate does not provide any corroborating evidence from any hospital about him being born there,” Taitz said.
“Additionally, Mr. Obama has immigrated to Indonesia as a child with his mother and stepfather Lolo Soetoro and his school records from Indonesia show his legal name to be Barry Soetoro, citizen of Indonesia,” she said.
Taitz said the meeting isn’t the only suspicious activity at the Supreme Court. One day after Obama’s inauguration, all of the docketing information about her case suddenly was deleted from the court’s website.
While it eventually was restored, there has been no explanation of the deletion, she said.
“I will be demanding from the Chief Justice John Roberts an immediate full investigation as to how the information about a case of national and world importance … disappeared from the docket of the Supreme Court,” she said.
Berg also has released a statement that his cases, after his emergency requests to the Supreme Court regarding Obama’s eligibility were denied hearings on their merits, have resumed their routes through the court system.
His most recent conference at the Supreme Court had the justices rejecting his request for an injunction. But he said three cases still are pending.
“I am proceeding for the 305-plus million people in ‘our’ U.S.A., for ‘our’ forefathers and for the thousands and thousands that have died defending our Constitution with the legal fight to prove that Obama is not constitutionally qualified to be president,” he said.
One of his cases is on behalf of a retired member of the U.S. military who could be recalled to action. The officer, the lawsuit demands, needs to know Obama’s eligibility in order to determine whether his orders should be followed.
WND has reported on many of the lawsuits filed in recent months that allege in various ways Obama does not meet the “natural born citizen” clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which reads, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Some allege his birth took place in Kenya, and his mother was a minor at the time of his birth – too young to confer American citizenship. The cases argue Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was a Kenyan citizen subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time and would have handed down British citizenship.
There also are questions raised about Obama’s move to Indonesia when he was a child and his attendance at school there when only Indonesian citizens were allowed and on what nation’s passport did he travel to Pakistan in the 1980s.
One case, handled by lawyers including Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation, is seeking Obama’s school records from Occidental College, which could reveal if Obama attended class on aid intended for foreign students.
That case states, “Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void, Americans will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal.”
The case was filed on behalf of Ambassador Alan Keyes, a presidential candidate himself.
Obama has claimed in his autobiography and elsewhere that he was born in Hawaii in 1961 to parents Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan national, and Stanley Ann Dunham, a minor. But details about which hospital handled the birth and other details provided on the complete birth certificate have been withheld by Obama despite lawsuits and public demands for release.
The biggest question was why, if a Hawaii birth certificate exists as his campaign stated, Obama hasn’t simply ordered it made available to settle the rumors.
The governor’s office in Hawaii said there is a valid certificate but rejected requests for access and left ambiguous its origin: Does the certificate on file with the Department of Health indicate a Hawaii birth or was it generated after the Obama family registered a Kenyan birth in Hawaii?