Obama citizenship suit tossed By The Associated Press Article Last Updated: 10/25/2008 04:25:15 PM MDT http://www.denverpost.com/ci_10815605?source=rss Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., the Democratic Party nominee for president, greets supporters at the end of a rally at the University of Nevada in Reno, Nevada on Saturday. (Agence France-Presse) PHILADELPHIA — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Barack Obama's qualifications to be president. U.S. District Judge R. Barclay Surrick on Friday night rejected the suit by attorney Philip J. Berg, who alleged that Obama was not a U.S. citizen and therefore ineligible for the presidency. Berg claimed that Obama is either a citizen of his father's native Kenya or became a citizen of Indonesia after he moved there as a boy. Obama was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan father. His parents divorced, and his mother married an Indonesian man. Internet-fueled conspiracy theories question whether Obama is a "natural-born citizen" as required by the Constitution for a presidential candidate and • Barack Obama's birth certificate. whether he lost his citizenship while living abroad. Surrick ruled that Berg lacked standing to bring the case, saying any harm from an allegedly ineligible candidate was "too vague and its effects too attenuated to confer standing on any and all voters." --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- So much for that farce. I think another one was ffiled in Washington state but I doubt it will get anywhere either.McCain has also been filed with 3 or 4 lawsuits concerning his citizenship. I believe one might still be active. Gibson Dunn Associates Fight for McCain in Suits over Citizenship Brian Baxter The American Lawyer September 19, 2008 Plaintiffs seeking to derail Sen. John McCain's presidential bid by claiming that the decorated Vietnam War veteran is not a natural born U.S. citizen are being stymied in their quest by four Washington, D.C.-based Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher associates. Aided by former U.S. Solicitor General and current Gibson Dunn partner Theodore Olson, the team of legal volunteers has spent the past several months representing McCain and the Republican National Committee in courtrooms throughout the country. (Campaign finance rules prohibit pro bono work for political campaigns, but lawyers are allowed to volunteer on their own time.) On Tuesday, a federal court in San Francisco decided the most recent suit in McCain's favor. At issue is the fact that McCain was born at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone on Aug. 29, 1936. His father, an officer in the U.S. Navy, was stationed there at the time. "The [cases] raise interesting legal questions about whether people who were born to military families overseas have a right to hold the highest office in the nation," says litigation associate Matthew McGill. "It always seemed to me a fringe view that people born to personnel on military bases outside the territorial U.S. could not be natural born citizens."