Update (Feb. 3, 2012):
The judge betrayed us. Ruled in favor of Obama this afternoon. Go here.
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Something extraordinary and historic happened today.
On January 26, 2012, an administrative law judge in Atlanta, Georgia, conducted a hearing into whether a sitting President of the United States of America who’s seeking reelection should be allowed to have his name be placed on the electoral ballot of the state of Georgia this November.
In early January, Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi of the Administrative Court in Georgia, ruled that Obama’s motion to dismiss four eligibility lawsuits is denied. (See my post on this, here.) The judge also denied a motion filed by Obama’s attorney, Michael Jablonski, for Obama to not appear at the first hearing scheduled for Jan. 26.
On the eve of the hearing, Jablonski tried a desperate ploy. He sent a letter to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brain Kemp, arguing that the trial be taken away from Judge Malihi. Kemp denied Jablonski’s request.
And so the hearing would go as planned, beginning at 9:00 am, EST, this morning.
At 9:03 am, a court clerk came out and summoned the four attorneys to the judge’s chamber. They remained secluded for almost half an hour. At around 9:25 am, the four attorneys returned to their seats in the courtroom. Shortly after, Judge Michael Malihi came into the courtroom and began the hearing.
Now we know why the attorneys were summoned to the judge’s chamber and what happened.
Judge Malihi was prepared to enter a default judgment in favor of the plaintiffs because neither the defendant, Barack Obama, nor his lawyer Michael Jablonski bothered to show up!
But the attorneys for the plaintiffs persuaded the judge to conduct the hearing any way because they wanted to present their arguments so that those arguments and evidence would be entered into the court’s public records. That was smart of them.
Given the fact that, even before the hearing began, Judge Malihi already was prepared to rule against the defense, I think it’s safe to assume that he will rule in the plaintiffs’ favor.
In his interview after the hearing with Rev. James David Manning, one of the plaintiffs Carl Swensson confidently predicts that Judge Malihi will rule against the defendant and recommend to Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp that Barack Obama’s name NOT be placed on the state’s 2012 ballot. Swensson says Kemp has already indicated he will act in accordance with the judge’s ruling.
This means Obama will lose Georgia’s 16 Electoral College votes. More importantly, Georgia has now set an example for others to launch similar ballot challenges in other states.
Here are two on-the-scene reports, posted on the ObamaReleaseYourRecords website.
Report by Dean Haskins (of Birther Summit)
As we are trying to get a quick lunch, and then do some interviews, this is just a very brief synopsis of what happened today. Before the hearing started, the judge called the attorneys into his chambers and explained that he was going to enter a default judgment in their favor. Attorneys Hatfield and Irion requested to be able to present abbreviated versions of their arguments so that they would be on the record. At that point, Irion estimated he would need 20 minutes, Hatfield estimated he would need 30 minutes, and Taitz estimated she would need 2 hours.
Van Irion and Mark Hatfield made their arguments, and left. Taitz then presented her argument, calling several witnesses, until the judge asked her to make her closing statement. As her closing statement began, the judge asked if she was testifying, and, in an unconventional move, Taitz took the witness stand to testify. The judge finally asked her just to make her closing statement, which she did.
We believe that the default judgment automatically translates into the judge’s recommendation to the Sec. Of State being that Obama should not appear on the ballot in Georgia.
Report by Carl Swensson, one of the plaintiffs
To all my friends in battle,
The Judge pulled the lawyers for the three cases into chambers before it all began and advised them that he would be issuing a default judgment in our favor, since the Defense council failed to show, and wanted to end it there. We argued that all the evidence needed to be entered in to record so the Judge allowed for a speedy hearing where all evidence was entered into the court record. What that means is this… Any appeal, if one is even possible, would be based on the evidence provided by the lawyers in each case. ….. ……
Now we’re merely awaiting the publishing of this Judge’s ruling which, as previously stated, will be a Default Judgment. – Carl
You can also find a blow by blow account of today’s hearing in Georgia here: http://www.thenationalpatriot.com/?p=4138
Article II Super PAC reports they will post an archive of today’s hearing soon as it is available: http://www.art2superpac.com
H/t Tina, May, and Joseph.
Carl Swensson, one of the plaintiffs, is a patriot who has devoted two long years on this challenge, working with Georgia’s secretary of state and attorney general, to make possible this historic hearing — using his own limited financial resources. He can use some help with his legal expenses. Please whatever dollars you can spare. Go to: http://www.riseupforamerica.com.