Monday, December 15, 2008
Supreme Court Turns Down Connecticut NBC Case
The U.S. Supreme Court released a new round of orders this morning from its Friday conference, which included the denial of an application for injunctive relief in a Connecticut case, Wrotnowski v. Connecticut Secretary of State, challenging Barack Obama's eligibility to serve as president under the "natural born citizen" requirement of Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution. This is the second case the high court has turned down in as many weeks. The proponents of this legal challenge needed the approval of four justices to hear the case. There is speculation that at least two, Justices Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia, wanted to hear the case. Thomas resubmitted the Donofrio case to conference after Justice Souter turned down the original application. Similarly, Justice Scalia resubmitted the Wrotnowski case to conference after Justice Ruth Ginsberg turned down the original application. There are other pending cases around the country, but it seems highly unlikely this matter will be reviewed by the Supreme Court before President-elect Obama takes office on January 20, 2009. Note that Indiana's 11 electors meet today at the State House to cast Indiana's electoral votes for Barack Obama.