Retired attorney and New Jersey resident Leo C. Donofrio asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency stay on November 3 prohibiting three candidates from appearing on New Jersey’s ballots: Republican candidate John McCain, Democratic candidate Barack Obama and Socialist Worker’s Party candidate Roger Calero.
Donofrio claimed the candidates are not “natural born citizens” as enumerated in Article 2, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States, which states, “No person except a natural born citizen of the United States, at the time of adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President.” He wrote, Obama is not eligible for the presidency “even if it were proved he was born in Hawaii, since … Senator Obama’s father was born in Kenya and therefore, having been born with split and competing loyalties, candidate Obama is not a ‘natural born citizen’ …”
This case was dismissed by Justice Souter on November 6. It was refiled and submitted to Justice Clarence Thomas on November 14. It is currently Distributed for Conference by the Supreme Court on December 5, 2008. Once a stay application is denied, a renewed application is truly a desperate measure the success of which is very rare in Supreme Court history. Clearly, Justice Thomas considers this to be an extremely serious matter.
Here’s a reduced copy of the docket. You can view the origianal at SupremeCourtUS.gov.
The following nine YouTube videos are clips of the interview on OverNightAM (Lan Lamphere) with Leo Donofrio concerning his Judicial System Challenge. Tonight (2008-11-25) at 10:00 p.m. EST, there will be an updated interview with both Leo Donofrio and Lee Kaplan, an undercover investigative journalist. You can listen LIVE here.
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