H. Brooke Paige filed a lawsuit to keep Barack Obama off the November ballot in Vermont. Judge Robert Bent of the Vermont Superior Court was having none of it, reports the Burlington Free Press, refusing a request for a preliminary injunction barring Obama from the ballot, saying:
The court has been presented with a radically insufficient basis on which to issue a temporary or even a preliminary injunction
The judge cited, among other reasons, that the Plaintiff hadn’t even served President Obama with the complaint. While not ruling on the substantive argument of Paige’s complaint (the twofer theory that Obama’s non-citizen father makes him ineligible), the judge didn’t seem very sympathetic to the idea, saying:
The myriad versions of the claim that President Obama is ineligible for office because he is not a ‘natural born citizen’ have been litigated throughout the country exhaustively. They have never succeeded, usually on standing or jurisdictional bases.