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About those Obama birth cert. documents

Reader John W. Snyder Jr. wrote recently to find out whatever happened to the documents Chief Justice John Roberts got down in Moscow, Idaho, on President Obama's birth certificates. (If that made you say "Huh?" Catch up at this link.)

Here's the update:

Copies of Dr. Orly Taitz's documents were forwarded to the Supreme Court clerk's office, but were sent back because they weren't in a form the court could accept, a spokeswoman for the court said. The court suggested they be resubmitted in a form that could be accepted.

Dr. Taitz confirmed Wednesday she got the documents, and the letter from the clerk. She takes some issue with what the court is suggesting. . .

. . . It's a bit of a complicated legal argument, but to boiled down, it goes like this:

She wants to file the case Quo Warranto, which would mean that Obama would have the burden of proof to show that he was born in the United States. The court is suggesting she file either for a writ of mandamus or for a writ of certiorari, which would put the burden of proof on her and her clients to prove that he wasn't. She said quo warranto cases are usually filed by government entities, so she's trying to get the U.S. attorney general's office or various state attorney general's offices to file that type of case. In the mean time, she expect to file for "cert" this week.

One of the state's where she's seeking the assistance of the state attorney general is Washington. Doesn't sound like she's going to get it, however.

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