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HOLLISTER v. SOETORO - JOINT LETTER FILED - Advising of Additional Authorities

HOLLISTER v. SOETORO - JOINT LETTER FILED - Advising of Additional Authorities

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May 24, 2010Honorable Mark J. Langer, Clerk United States Court of Appeals for theDistrict of Columbia Circuit333 Constitution Avenue, NWWashington, D.C. 20001Re:
 Hollister v. Soetoro
,No. 09-5080, consolidating No. 09-5161DearSir:I write pursuant to Rule 28(j) to bring to the attention of the Courtsupplemental authority which has come to our attention since we filed ourbriefs in the case, now under reconsideration. This authority is about the
issue of the phrase “natural born citizen” in Art. II, Sec. 1, Cl. 5 of the
Constitution, which is central to our contention that if the allegations of thecomplaint be taken as true a case was made and the said central issue should
have been treated, but wasn’t. In prior filings we cited the 19
th
century caseauthority pointing to the work of Vattel on the Law of Nations as the originof the thinking behind that phrase. (pp.5, 35-6)Now we cite Vattel in his
“Le Droit des Gens ou Principes de la Loi
Naturelle 1758 (English 1759) from Vol. 1 (of 2) Chpt. XIX, 212, Des
citoyens et naturels: “Les naturels, ou indigenes, sont ceux qui sont nes dansle pays, de parens citoyens.” Unmistakably he says
that those are naturalborn citizens who are born in the country of citizen parents.David Ramsay, founding father from South Carolina who served inthe Continental Congress in 1782-83 and 1785-86, wrote early histories of the founding. In his 1789 ess
ay “A Dissertation on the Manners of Acquiring the Character and Privileges of a Citizen” pp. 6
-7 describes the
“natural born citizen” as one born in the country of citizen parents. He knew
Case: 09-5080 Document: 1246221 Filed: 05/24/2010 Page: 1

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