The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a challenge to President-elect Barack Obama's citizenship and consequent eligibility to take the nation's highest office, Friday.
A lawsuit filed against New Jersey Secretary of State Nina Mitchell Wells claims that Obama is not a "natural born citizen," a Constitutional requirement to be President. Attorney Leo Donofrio filed the suit after being denied a court order to stop the Nov. 4 election.
Donofrio argues that Obama was born in Hawaii, but was a British citizen because of his father. Dual citizenship, he says, makes the President-elect ineligible to take office.
Legal experts say the appeal has little chance of succeeding.
More than a dozen cases challenging the future President's citizenship have been tossed out of courts in several states. Obama has also dismissed those accusations and posted a digital copy of his Hawaiian birth certificate online.
This week, the We the People Foundation, an anti-tax activists group in New York, ran ads in the Chicago Tribune raising questions about the authenticity of the certificate. Chairman of the Group Robert Schultz contends the document is "unsigned, forged, and thoroughly discredited."
But officials in Hawaii say that Obama's original birth certificate is authentic and now locked in a state vault.
At least four of the nine U.S. Supreme Court justices must approve Donofrio's case before it is heard. It would mark the first time the citizenship of an elected President would go before the high court.
Sources: Chicago Tribune, Washington Times