Mario Apuzzo calls a witness in the New Jersey ballot challenge, Purpura v. Obama, to contest the authenticity of the White House long form birth certificate image. Administrative Law Judge Jeff S. Masin questions the relevance of authenticity testimony, given that Obama didn’t submit any birth certificate to the New Jersey Secretary or the Court. Apuzzo counters that Obama did submit the birth certificate – on a coffee mug.1 Judge Masin responded:
In this case, I don’t have a mug. There is no birth certificate that has been presented to me – good, bad, indifferent, real, forged, certified, anything. It’s not here. So a debate about what he put on the Internet, the birth certificate, whether that is a legitimate birth certificate is not relevant.
Obama attorney Alexandra Hill, in a stunning display of courtroom strategy, let the judge do most the talking.
In the end, Judge Masin decided that presidential candidates in New Jersey do not have to prove eligibility (in New Jersey, candidates don’t even have to consent to being on the ballot). He further concluded that if Obama was born in Hawaii, he was a natural born citizen, and said of Apuzzo’s citizenship parent arguments:
The petitioners’ legal position on this issue, however well intentioned, has no merit in law.
Here is Plaintiffs’ attorney Mario Apuzzo’s take on the hearing.
1Starting around 13:55 in the video.