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Fair gets Obama hearing

imageThere is a certain market saturation with Obama eligibility lawsuits, 151 of them as of this writing. Once a cottage industry, ballot challenges can now be built from a kit. It’s hard to get excited about any one of them any more since they are pretty much the same and meet the same fate. I could almost write a generic article, substituting the actual case number in the graphic on the right and saying something like “the case, alleging that Barack Obama is ineligible to the Presidency because of [being born in Kenya, having a fake name, having an alien parent, losing his citizenship as a child] was dismissed for [lack of standing, failure to state a claim, wrong jurisdiction, failure to join essential parties].”

Sometimes there’s a hearing to add a little drama to the story, and that’s the case in Maryland today with the ballot challenge case of Fair v. Walker. In the complaint Maryland residents Tracy Fair and Mary Miltenberger allege that election officials were negligent by not requiring a signed statement from Barack Obama stating that he was eligible. The suit also alleges Obama is not eligible for “all of the above” from the birther checklist. That said, it’s hard to tell whether the suit is about Obama’s eligibility, or whether Maryland law requires presidential candidates to certify their eligibility. There is a great deal of both in the complaint.

In today’s hearing on motions to dismiss before the Carroll County Circuit Court, Plaintiffs submitted a new document in opposition which the judge has taken into consideration. I wasn’t able to view the document in Firefox, but the Chrome and Internet Explorer browsers worked OK. The opposition to the motion to dismiss at 43 pages was longer than the complaint.

The particular issue of what Maryland law requires in the way of candidate certification, I will let the court untangle without my comment. As for any claim that Barack Obama is ineligible:

Update:

The case was dismissed. I could change the title to “Obama wins Fair hearing.”

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18 Responses to Fair gets Obama hearing

  1. avatar
    Northland10 August 17, 2012 at 8:01 pm #

    Bar codes are so 1980s. You might want to consider a QR Code, such as this one. (I recommend using the code scanner on a phone).

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    Dr. Conspiracy August 17, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    cute.

    Northland10:
    Bar codes are so 1980s.You might want to consider a QR Code, such as this one.(I recommend using the code scanner on a phone).

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    Rickey August 17, 2012 at 10:10 pm #

    It didn’t take them long to include a bald-faced lie: “I can assure you this is not about Obama.” Anyone who has read Tracy’s many hate-filled rants knows how untrue that is.

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    Greenfinches August 17, 2012 at 11:41 pm #

    This is the case where Tracy claims she was able to prove that Obama was not natural born?

    any day now, Tracy, any day now…

  5. avatar
    G August 18, 2012 at 12:32 am #

    …Stupid is as stupid does…

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    Dr. Conspiracy August 18, 2012 at 2:09 am #

    The word is “disingenuous.”

    Rickey: It didn’t take them long to include a bald-faced lie: “I can assure you this is not about Obama.” Anyone who has read Tracy’s many hate-filled rants knows how untrue that is.

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    James M August 18, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    I love “all of the above”. It’s what really got me into the whole birther drama in the first place — I engaged a poster who was supporting both claims, one that Barack Obama was born in Kenya and another that he was born in Hawaii to a British father. (The guy was too dumb to understand my issue, though.)

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    Greatkim August 18, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    not related but just found Obama’s admission of having used fake documents
    it’s at min. 9.06 in the video
    http://vimeo.com/8039538

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    Thrifty August 18, 2012 at 8:46 pm #

    Greatkim:
    not related but just found Obama’s admission of having used fake documents
    it’s at min. 9.06 in the video
    http://vimeo.com/8039538

    I don’t know you and if you’re being tongue in cheek, so I’ll just point out that the linked video is from President Obama paying tribute to Mel Brooks, then pointing out that he went to see Blazing Saddles when he was 10 years old. But since he was too young for that movie, he should not have been allowed in the theater and he jokingly says “I think I had a fake ID”.

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    Greatkim August 18, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Thrifty: I don’t know you and if you’re being tongue in cheek

    off course I am !

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    Thrifty August 18, 2012 at 9:10 pm #

    Greatkim: off course I am !

    That’s the tragedy of Birtherism. You can never tell.

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    richCares August 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm #

    from the old Dragnet show:
    Doom De Doom Doom, Doomed!

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    Joey August 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm #

    I just hope that Tracy gets a “fair” hearing.

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    nbc August 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Tracy spent a lot of effort on a document and oral presentation which fully missed the point. Instead of arguing why the officials should remove President Obama, she focused on cases related to the Federal Courts, citing cases which have since been overruled.

    What a mess…

    But yes, she is a pro se and did not get any help.

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    Rickey August 19, 2012 at 10:30 pm #

    nbc:

    But yes, she is a pro se and did not get any help.

    That’s probably correct, although her co-plaintiff, Mary Miltenberger, has several Facebook friends who are attorneys, including one who is a state’s attorney in Cumberland County.

    Unsurprisingly, Milternberger’s “likes” include Sarah Palin, Newt Gingrich, Michelle Malkin and Laura Ingraham, But fear not, because the lawsuit isn’t about Obama.

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    nbc August 20, 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    Well, I fail to see so far that her arguments show much indication of help from lawyers. I may of course be wrong.

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    Rickey August 20, 2012 at 6:47 pm #

    nbc:
    Well, I fail to see so far that her arguments show much indication of help from lawyers. I may of course be wrong.

    You’re probably right. It’s just interesting that she knows some attorneys. If she asked them for help, they probably declined to get involved. Clowns such as Orly and Mario have nothing to lose by going birther. I mean, how many repeat clients does a DWI attorney have?

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    Northland10 August 23, 2012 at 9:59 pm #

    Just now, I noticed the title (cool title). I must be rather slow this week.