April 10, 2012, Nicholas E. Purpura and Theodore T. Moran had their Barack Obama primary ballot objection heard by Deputy Director and Administrative Law Judge, Jeff S. Masin.
Barack Obama was represented by Alexandra M. Hill of the firm of Genova, Burn & Giantomasi of Newark, New Jersey.
Ms. Hill is the latest newbie to be dragged into the mire of Barack Obama’s eligibility troubles.
Ms. Hill is based in the firm’s Newark, New Jersey office and is a member of the Commercial Real Estate, Redevelopment & Environmental Law and Corporate Political Activity Law Practice Groups.
Ms. Hill received her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center in 2011, achieving Dean’s List 2010-2011. She was a Lead Articles Editor for The Tax Lawyer and active in the Student Bar Association. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2008 from Emory University.
While in law school, Ms. Hill served as a summer law clerk at Brown & Connery, LLP, extern at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law (Voting Rights) and Judicial Intern for the United States Court of Federal Claims, Office of Special Masters. From 2003-2008, Ms. Hill served as an intern for the Camden County Democrat Committee.
It looks as though the Obama defenders have put this not yet dry behind the ears youngling against some pretty seasoned legal experts. Not only seasoned lawyers but seasoned constitutional experts.
“Ms. Hill implied that the image of Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery and and followed with the absurd claim that, therefore, it cannot be used as evidence to confirm his lack of natural born citizenship status. Therefore, she argued, it is “irrelevant to his placement on the ballot”.
Ms. Hill went on to contort reasoning by implying that Obama needs only invoke his political popularity, not legal qualifications, in order to be a candidate.
The opposition argued that Mr. Obama under the Constitution has to be a “natural born Citizen.” That under New Jersey law (the state constitution, statutes, and case law), Mr. Obama must show that he is qualified for the office he wishes to occupy and that includes showing that he is a “natural born Citizen,” which includes presenting evidence of who he is, where he was born, and that he was born to two U.S. citizen parents.
I would say Ms. Hill’s ignorance of the Constitution is jaw dropping but we have seen so much of this of late one can become numb to it.
Masin as expected punted the final decision to the Secretary of State Kimberly M. Guadagno.
On 4-12-12 Guadagno issued her Final Decision in Nicholas E. Purpura and Theodore T. Moran v. Barack Obama New Jersey Primary Ballot Objection. A copy of her decision may be read here, http://www.scribd.com/puzo1/d/89431332-Final-Decision-of-SOS-in-Purpura-Moran-Ballot-Objection-4-12-12. She concludes without any explanation: “After full consideration of the record and a review of the exceptions filed, I hereby adopt the ALJ’s Initial Decision in its entirety.”
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