The title is in the sense of “dog bites man,” a story that’s not “news” because it happens all the time.
In this instance Mario Apuzzo representing Nicholas E. Purpura in a lawsuit against Barack Obama, has seen an Initial Decision from Administrative Law Judge Jeff F. Masin that says he’s lost another case against Barack Obama.
Purpura v. Obama is a challenge to the validity of Barack Obama’s nominating petition in New Jersey. The judge ruled that there is no obligation that Barack Obama prove his birth place, and assuming that the President was born in the USA, that he’s eligible to be President, rejecting Apuzzo’s crackpot two-citizen-parent rule.
Apuzzo has filed a 32-page exception to Judge Masin’s 9–page ruling. I do not know whether Apuzzo misunderstood the judge’s decision or if he is intentionally misrepresenting it. The judge didn’t rule (contrary to Apuzzo’s representation) that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. The judge said that Obama didn’t have to prove he was born in Hawaii under New Jersey law, and that the publicly known facts of Obama’s parentage are no barrier to his being elected President (again).
Apuzzo spins around and shouts “Vattel” 11 times, but I don’t think that is the right name of the strange little creature that Apuzzo wishes would appear to spin his Exception into gold. It is straw and will remain so.
- Text of Judge Masin’s decision
- Text of Apuzzo Exception