December 15th, 2008
11:10 AM ET
14 years ago

Supreme Court rejects appeal questioning Obama's citizenship

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The U.S. Supreme Court rejected a second appeal Monday challenging President-elect Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court has dismissed a second emergency appeal questioning Barack Obama's eligibility to be president because he had dual British-American citizenship at birth.

The justices without comment on Monday refused to intervene in the November 4 presidential election, dismissing the claims of Cort Wrotnowski, a resident of Greenwich, Connecticut.

In his appeal, Wrotnowski claimed that because Obama's father was a Kenyan-born British subject, the president-elect does meet the Constitution's requirement that the president be a "natural born citizen" of the United States. Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961. His mother was a U.S. citizen, born in the United States.

Many legal analysts questioned Wrotnowski's argument.

"The law has always been understood to be, if you are born here, you're a natural born citizen," said Thomas Goldstein, founder of the Web site and a lawyer who has argued numerous cases before the high court. "And that is particularly true in this case, when you have a U.S. citizen parent like Barack Obama's mother."

A similar appeal was rejected a week ago by the high court, from a retired lawyer in New Jersey.

In another lawsuit making its way through the courts, Philip Berg of Pennsylvania alleges the president-elect was actually born in Kenya. Berg claims Hawaiian officials will not let him see Obama's original birth certificate, although the campaign posted a copy of it online this summer, following numerous blog postings over the citizenship question. That case had previously been dismissed by lower federal courts.

The appeal rejected Monday is Wrotnowski v. Bysiewicz (08A469).

soundoff (375 Responses)
  1. Sandy

    So if a member of the US Armed Forces is stationed overseas and has a baby, the baby has questionable citizenship? Come on people. Let this nonsense go.

    December 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  2. rich

    What is wrong with this idiot wasting the courts time with this nonsense? I will bet you a million dollars this idiot did not vote this past November.

    December 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  3. Maggie from Virginia

    Give it up already... The man is going to be president. Yep, we will have a black president. If you can't deal with it, there's always suicide.

    December 15, 2008 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  4. Dino

    These right-wing nut burgers are their own worst enemy. lol.

    December 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  5. Shucks

    Talk about being bitter and unhappy. Only a person with no life who is devastated by the republican loss would go this far, wasting the courts and taxpayers time and money for something that is so ridiculous.

    December 15, 2008 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  6. Lou from CT

    It is time to put these bogus legal challenges to rest once and for all.

    Sounds like some Republicans still have sour grapes!

    December 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  7. Salt

    It does not matter where your parents are born. If you are born in the US, you are a US citizen. People are so stupid.

    December 15, 2008 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  8. Bob

    These clowns will never stop the stupidity. As we can see these so call lawyers are not to bright. Suck it up and try again in 4 years jokers.

    December 15, 2008 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  9. Ooh, ooh, pick me, pick me

    If they're questioning Barack's citizenship because his father was a British subject, why didn't they question McCains since he was born in Panama?

    What is their motive and thinking/beliefs that is behind these repeated attacks on his citizenship status?

    December 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  10. Brandon from WI

    These people need a better hobby than clogging the dockets of the US Supreme Court with nonsense. I believe William Shatner said it best when addressing a Star Trek convention on SNL "Get a Life".

    December 15, 2008 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. AJ

    I wish these fools will stop bothering the SC with stupid review requests.

    December 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  12. A Really Conservative Realist

    There are lots of other good reasons other than this foolishness why BO should not be President. But alas, the America of today is a strange bird indeed. All these reasons were trumped by a vote.

    December 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  13. Chip Monk

    Thank God somebody in Washington DC has some sense. I don't see how such a frivolous lawsuit ever made it out of Federal Court. Methinks somebody filed this lawsuit just to make a name for themselves. Well, they succeeded! "Moron." But we *knew* that even before we heard from the U.S. Supreme Court, didn't we?

    December 15, 2008 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  14. Seth, Michigan

    Birth certificate and certificate of live birth are two very different your research, please, before writing an asinine statement like the one above.

    December 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  15. Meh

    Man, racists will do ANYTHING not to have a black president. Grow up, and stop wasting people's time!

    December 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  16. Trevor in Ja

    'By any means necessary' is been taken very literally by these people who could not win on the spectre of 'Terrorist', 'Socialist' or the White House becoming the 'Black House'. Can't they accept that at least up to Jan 20, 2012 the POTUS will be BARACK HUSAIN OBAMA?

    December 15, 2008 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  17. Melissa

    I hope this means that people will let it go, but I doubt it. The court has never dealt with this specific question before, and they certainly are not going to look at it in the context of a presidential election.

    December 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  18. Dwayne

    Wah! Wah! Wah!
    McCain lost so get over it!
    Obviously, you must be unpatriotic and against funding our troops!

    December 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  19. Wow

    Would this be happening if McCain, born in Panana, was elected? Just wondering.

    December 15, 2008 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  20. SHIRLEY "60"


    December 15, 2008 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  21. Matt


    Take that you silly, narrow-minded, self-centered controversy fabricators!!!!! CRY IN YOUR SOUP!!!

    December 15, 2008 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    If Obama is not a U.S. citizen then none of us are and Wrotnowski must have a personal problem.

    December 15, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  23. Apples for sale

    Just when you thought Polish jokes were on the decline,along comes a guy his parents named Cort.

    December 15, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  24. ST

    At the time Obama was born the rule was if you were born in the US, you are an US citizen. Last I checked Hawaii was part of the US. What an idiot! Wasting precious time and money on a meaningless arguement. I think people just don't want change in anyway. They want this country ran by the same people over and over again....white males. No one else is qualified. Give it a rest.

    December 15, 2008 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. CHI TOWN


    December 15, 2008 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15