One attorney, practicing in the federal courts, believes Leo Donofrio’s (NJ) case is actually looking pretty solid – read this article at http://federalistblog.us/2008/11/natural-born_citizen_defined.html
This article points out that John A. Bingham, the Framer of the 14th Amendment, defined natural born citizen as follows: “every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen.” Obama, whose father was a British subject, had dual nationalities at birth, and thus would not be considered a natural born citizen. The definition above is only Bingham’s opinion, but it is certainly on point. There is not a clear definition of natural born citizen in the Constitution, so the issue is “ripe” for consideration by the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). It would not be surprising if four of the justices vote to give Donofrio’s case a full hearing.
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