Obama failed to attend his own trial on Jan. 26, despite a Georgia court’s subpoena requiring his presence. Five Georgian citizens, represented by attorneys Orly Taitz, Van Irion and Mark Hatfield, have filed charges against Obama which bring into question his eligibility to run for President in the Georgia primary. Irion is basing his case on the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinion in Minor vs. Happersett, which states:
“The Constitution does not, in words, say who shall be natural-born citizens. Some authorities … include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this… there have been doubts…” Minor v. Happersett, 21 Wall. 162 (1874)
If this opinion can be taken to mean that only someone with two American parents is a natural-born citizen, then Obama’s Kenyan father would disqualify him.
Taitz, however, has done more than question Obama’s eligibility by bringing forth allegations of elections fraud and social security fraud. One witness at the trial testified that Obama’s birth certificate showed evidence of tampering. Other witnesses stated that Obama’s Social Security number matched one which should have been issued in Connecticut in 1977, fifteen years after Obama’s birth. Taitz herself took the stand, calling into question Obama’s use of multiple names, including “Soebarkah” on his mother’s passport and “Soetero” on his Indonesian school registration.
On Jan. 19, Hatfield filed a Notice to Produce, requiring Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate and all passport, university, birth and Illinois State Bar records, among others. Executive order 13489, which Obama filed his second day in office, ordered that Presidential records should not be disclosed without the President’s permission, except by court order. According to the Daily Report, Taitz said after the hearing, “This man is just making a joke out of this country. He’s showing tremendous disrespect to the whole nation. Mr. Obama had an opportunity to appear here and show valid documents, certified docs, with embossed seals… He chose to present nothing, which shows that he has nothing. He does not have any valid documents.”
All allegations remained undefended, as Obama’s attorney, Michael K. Jablonski, failed to appear in court. The trial’s judge, Michael Malihi, does not have the authority to sanction Obama for not appearing, but could refer the matter to the Superior Court, which might find him in contempt. According to the Daily Report, “Malihi wrote in his order that Jablonski had failed to explain any legal authority under which a president would be exempt from being subpoenaed.”
The Secretary of State Brian Kemp will ultimately decide whether Obama’s name will appear on the Georgia primary ballot after receiving Malihi’s recommendation. He is not bound to the Court’s decision. If Obama is deemed ineligible, no Democrats will be running in the Georgia primary, as the Democratic Party has only submitted one name for the ballot.