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Mike Zullo gave an affidavit that was filled on May 14, 2013, in the appeal of the case of McInnish v. Chapman to the Alabama Supreme Court. The affidavit is embedded in my article, “Zullo’s irrelevant affidavit.” Zullo claims at the offset: “The information contained in the affidavit is based on my personal knowledge and if called as a witness, I could testify completely thereto.” In fact, much of the affidavit is information from third parties rather than from his personal knowledge, but some of the things in the affidavit do relate to his personal knowledge, and that is what this article explores.
The topic is birth certificate numbering in Hawaii. We only have a handful of birth certificates from Hawaii from 1961, but the ones we do have are consistent with a numbering scheme involving alphabetizing the last names of the children’s surnames in monthly batches. Zullo’s affidavit says otherwise:
The serial number shown on the image of the [Obama] certificate, which purports on its face to have been imposed on the form with an automated sequential numbering stamp, is 61-10641. Investigators learned at that time, batches of birth certificates were collected monthly, ordered by date and time of birth, and then sequentially number-stamped in a special room by a single clerk trained for the purpose, to minimize numbering errors.
The long-form original certificates were inspected twice for accuracy by two different clerks and then signed by the registrar. They were kept together secured in a certain room until they were all numbered at the end of the month. They were not allowed to become out of order and they were not numbered incorrectly. (It should be noted that the Nordyke twins were born minutes apart and their respective certificate numbering was based not only by date but by time as well. This indicates the clerk scrutinized the documents prior to placing them in chronological order for proper numbering.)
Zullo in the preceding citation states that he is aware of the Nordyke birth certificates, their certificate numbers and the date of their birth. In fact, he gives details showing that information was in his mind:
Vital statistics will show that Susan Nordyke was born at Kapiolani Hospital at 2:12 p.m. Hawaii time on Aug. 5, 1961, and was given No. 151-61-10637.
There is another Hawaiian birth certificate that we know of, and it is that of Johanna Ah’nee. Her date of birth is August 23, 1961, and her certificate number 151-61-09945. She was born after Susan Nordyke, but her certificate number is smaller. If Zullo’s certificate numbering scheme were true, this would be impossible—in his scheme the later birth should have a larger number. The Ah’nee birth certificate proves that Mike Zullo’s statement about certificate numbering in Hawaii is false, but not every false statement is a lie. Did Mike Zullo know it was false? Yes, he did.
Mike Zullo had never talked in public about the Ah’Nee certificate before the December 15, 2016, press conference, and it is highly problematic for him for multiple reasons.1 I know now that Zullo was familiar with the Ah’nee certificate before his Alabama affidavit. I know this from the testimony of former Cold Case Posse member Brian Reilly who wrote to me:
In 2012, as a Cold Case Posse member, I viewed a prepared overlay of Johanna Ah ‘Nee’s birth certificate on Barack Obama’s PDF depiction of his birth certificate. It was my understanding that Jerry Corsi had provided the Ah ‘Nee birth certificate to Zullo.
In his press conference on December 15, Mike Zullo talks about that very overlay. The year before Zullo’s affidavit, he had in his possession a birth certificate that proved what he said in the affidavit was false. Of his own knowledge, he knew it was false. Zullo lied in a court-submitted affidavit. One alternate theory is that Mike Zullo knew about the Ah’nee certificate, but did not believe it was authentic. Birther Doug Vogt espoused the theory that all published 1961 birth certificates from Hawaii were forgeries, except those of the Nordyke twins. That theory allowed him to explain why Obama’s certificate was no different from the rest. In any case, Zullo told the basic lie that investigators had found that certificates were numbered in the way Zullo claimed. All the evidence available to Zullo pointed the other way, so Zullo could not have had personal knowledge of something that was patently untrue. Either way, he lied.
1The Ah’nee certificate also proves (again) that Zullo’s race code table presented in his 2nd press conference was fabricated false evidence. The race of Ah’nee’s father was “Hawn-Caucasian-Chinese,” and the penciled code is “3.” That’s the code for “Indian” on Zullo’s bogus code table.