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AZ Legislature shows lack of Legal Knowledge: Return of the Birther Bill

Today David Michael Cantor, an Arizona DUI Lawyer, discusses the recent return of the “Birther Bill“ to the Arizona Legislature. As David points out a similar bill was introduced last year only to be defeated before reaching the floor. This time State Rep. Judy Burges has introduced a bill requiring the “long form birth certificate” be submitted in order for presidential candidates to be listed on the state ballot. This bill looks likely to pass and be signed by Republican Governor Jan Brewer making Arizona the first state to require such documentation.

It is not a secret that this is part of a larger effort to deny President Obama the ability to even run for re-election in 2012. Part of the ‘birther’ movement bills like the one recently submitted to Arizona are also catching momentum in Pennsylvania, Missouri, Montana, Georgia and Texas. Supporters of the bill feel that President Obama should not be allowed the Presidential position because he was not born in the USA.

One problem with this law from a legal perspective is that it only applies to the state that passes it. Since the Presidential election is a federal election the state law will have no effect. David points this out and cites multiple sources agreeing that this is another form of political grandstanding and wasted effort.

Of course this is all David’s opinion, please be sure to let us know what you think.

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