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MBZ v. Clinton No. 10 699 Cert Petition

MBZ v. Clinton No. 10 699 Cert Petition

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Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

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No. 10-___
W
ILSON
-E
PES
P
RINTING
C
O
.,
 
I
NC
.
 
 – 
 
(202)
 
789-0096
 
 – 
 
W
ASHINGTON
,
 
D.
 
C.
 
20002
 
I
N
T
HE
 
Supreme Court of the United States
————M
ENACHEM
B
INYAMIN
Z
IVOTOFSKY
,by his parents and guardians, A
RI
Z. andN
 AOMI
S
IEGMAN
Z
IVOTOFSKY
,
 Petitioner
, v.T
HE
S
ECRETARY OF
S
TATE
,
 Respondent.
————
On Petition for a Writ of Certiorari to theUnited States Court of Appealsfor the District of Columbia Circuit
————
PETITION FOR A WRIT OF CERTIORARI
————
N
 ATHAN
L
EWIN
Counsel of Record
 A
LYZA
D.
 
L
EWIN
 L
EWIN
&
 
L
EWIN
,
 
LLP1828 L Street NW, Suite 901Washington, D.C. 20036(202) 828-1000nat@lewinlewin.com
 Attorneys for Petitioner
 
 i
QUESTION
 
PRESENTED
Whether the “political question doctrine” deprivesa federal court of jurisdiction to enforce a federalstatute that explicitly directs the Secretary of Statehow to record the birthplace of an American citizenon a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and on apassport.
 
 ii
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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QUESTION PRESENTED.......................................i
TABLE OF AUTHORITIES....................................vOPINIONS BELOW.................................................1JURISDICTION.......................................................1STATUTE AND REGULATIONS INVOLVED......1STATEMENT OF THE CASE.................................21. Petitioner and His Documentation...................32. State Department Policy...................................33. The Statute........................................................54. The First Dismissal Is Reversed......................65. Facts Established in Discovery.........................66. The District Court’s Second Decision...............77. Rulings by the Court of Appeals.......................8REASONS FOR GRANTING THE WRIT...............9I. A MAJORITY OF THE DISTRICT OFCOLUMBIA CIRCUIT IS MISAPPLYINGTHIS COURT’S “POLITICAL QUESTION”DECISIONS AND ERRONEOUSLY REJECTING CLAIMS ON JURISDICTIONALGROUNDS..........................................................9II. THE COURT OF APPEALS’ “POLITICALQUESTION” ANALYSIS CONFLICTS WITHTHE MORE DISCRIMINATING ANALYSISOF OTHER CIRCUITS.....................................13

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