The U.S. Supreme Court announced today that it will not hear an appeal of a lawsuit by plaintiffs – including Buena Park Pastor Wiley Drake – claiming that Barack Obama is not a natural-born citizen and so cannot legitimately hold the presidency.
Santa Ana-based U.S. District Judge David Carter as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit had previously ruled that the plaintiffs did not have legal standing to bring the case.
Alan Keyes and Drake, two of the plaintiffs, were the presidential and vice presidential candidates for the American Independent Party on California’s 2008 ballot.
Laguna Niguel’s Orly Taitz, who was initially involved in the lawsuit, ended her participation after a conflict with fellow birthplace counsel Gary Kreep. Kreep, a San Diego County attorney, filed the Supreme Court appeal that the court ruled today that it would not hear.
While Taitz finished fifth in her primary bid for the U.S. Senate this month, Kreep still has an outside chance of winning a Superior Court judgeship. At this writing, he trails San Diego Deputy District Attorney Garland Peed by 1,093 votes with about 88,000 ballots left to count.