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Lots of interest in that birth certificate

Anyone who thought questions about Barack Obama’s citizenship were laid to rest by the election or a series of court decisions tossing out lawsuits trying to challenge the election on that issue might have been surprised by a question Chief Justice John Roberts got during his recent visit to Idaho.

When Roberts finished his prepared speech and opened the floor to questions at the University of Idaho this month, the first person to the microphone was a woman who said she’d travelled since 3 a.m. that morning to get from California to Moscow, so she begged for a little indulgence on the moderator’s rule that questioners be from the sponsoring College of Law so she could ask a question.

About “illegal activity in the Supreme Court.”

About her case being “erased from the docket” under circumstances that sounded, to say the least, suspicious.

About the president, whom she called Barack Hussein Obama aka Barry Soetero, not legally being president because he was “a foreign national at birth.”

About that birth certificate, Mr. Chief Justice

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Roberts questioned

Chief Justice John Roberts doesn’t do much public speaking, so it was a treat for the University of Idaho to land him for a speech and a chance to answer a few questions at the College of Law’s Bellwood Lecture Series.

But the first question may be a good example of why members of the Supreme Court don’t go out much on the speaking circuit.

Roberts gave his speech on why law students and lawyers might want to emulate Abraham Lincoln’s career as a lawyer, and was ready to field a few questions. See story reprinted below, or click here.) The moderator reiterated that Roberts couldn’t talk about pending cases or his opinions on past decisions, and asked that the questions be limited to folks from U of I, since this was, after all, a university sponsored event. And ask a question, don’t make a speech, he added.

The first person managed to go 0 for 3, saying that she was a lawyer who left Southern California at 3 a.m., begged the crowd’s indulgence and launched into a discussion of “illegal activities going on in the Supreme Court of the United States” surrounding a petition she was trying to file to get the court to look at…

 

Roberts leans on Lincoln

MOSCOW, Idaho – John Roberts isn’t too concerned that more people can name the judges on “American Idol” than can name him or the other members of the U.S. Supreme Court.

“It’s nice to be not always recognizable,” the chief justice of the United States said when asked about a recent survey that showed the cast of the popular television show was much better known than members of the nation’s highest court.

The bigger concern is that many people don’t know how the courts function, or understand their role in applying the law rather than making it, Roberts told an overflow crowd Friday afternoon at the University of Idaho College of Law as part of the school’s Bellwood Lecture series

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Jim Camden is a veteran political reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Jonathan Brunt is an enterprise reporter for The Spokesman-Review.


Kip Hill is a general assignments reporter for The Spokesman-Review.

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