The Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals rejected an appeal in the case Justice v. Fuddy, brought by Dr. Robert V. Justice, a Beverly Hills, California, man seeking a copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, reports the Honolulu Star Bulletin. Justice based his claim on the Hawaii Open Records law, but was unable to show that disclosure of President Obama’s birth certificate was necessary to health and safety.
Chief Judge Craig Nakamura of the appeals court wrote the 17-page opinion in behalf of himself and appeals Judge Alexa Fujise.
In a concurring opinion, appeals Judge Katherine Leonard said Justice does not have the power to determine the president’s eligibility and did not allege any factual basis for his “implicit contention” that Obama might not be a natural-born U.S. citizen.
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This is an important decision rebutting certain crank interpretations of Hawaiian law.