E-Filed 04/23/2013 @ 01:56:01 P M Honorable Robert Esdale Clerk Of The Court

Case No.

1120465

IN THE SUPREME COURT OF ALABAMA

HUGH MclNl:n:SH7 e t a l . , Appellants,

BETH CHAPMAN,

i n h e r c a p a c i t y as S e c r e t a r y o f S t a t e , Appellee.

ON APPEAL FROM THE CIRCUIT COURT OF MONTGOMERY COUNTY, ALABAMA CV 2012-1053

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

T A B L E OF CONTENTS T A B L E OF CONTENTS STATEMENT ARGUMENT I . OF I N T E R E S T OF A M I C U S C U R I A E "StrMMARY OF ARGUMENT":": " " : " : \ " " : " " ; T ~ " : T " " ; " " " : : " " " r

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NO A L A B A M A COURT HAS S U B J E C T - M A T T E R J U R I S D I C T I O N R E G A R D I N G ANY MATTER CONCERNING THE R E - E L E C T I O N OF P R E S I D E N T BARACK OBAMA 3 THE C L A I M S FOR P R E - E L E C T I O N R E L I E F WITH R E S P E C T THE 2 0 1 2 P R E S I D E N T I A L C A N D I D A T E S A R E MOOT TO 7

II. III. IV.

THERE I S NO C R E D I B L E E V I D E N C E THAT P R E S I D E N T OBAMA WAS BORN ANYWHERE OTHER THAN H A W A I I 10 THE SECRETARY OF STATE HAS NO OBLIGATION TO INVESTIGATE UNFOUNDED, UNSUBSTANTIATED AND POLITICALLY MOTIVATED CONSPIRACY THEORIES REGARDING A P R E S I D E N T I A L CANDIDATE'S ELIGIBILITY FOR O F F I C E 15

A. A C o u n t y S h e r i f f from Source" o f A n y t h i n g i n Alabama

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B. The A f f i d a v i t s and Other Documents I n a d m i s s i b l e and Not Worthy o f B e l i e f C E R T I F I C A T E OF S E R V I C E

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TABLE OF AUTHORITIES

CASES

B a r b e r v. Community O u t r e a c h , I n c . , 42 S o . 3 d 6 5 , 7 1 ( A l a . 2 0 0 9 ) B r y a n 6 S o . 3 d 4 9 1 , 502 ( A l a . 2008)

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Dennis v. Scarborough, 360 S o . 2 d 2 7 8 , 279 ( A l a . 1978) Etheridge v. State ex r e l . Olson, 730 S o . 2 d 1179 ( A l a . 1999) Ex p a r t e Seymour, 946 S o . 2 d 536,538

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F a r m e r v . Hypo H o l d i n g s , I n c . , 675 S o . 2 d 387,390 ( A l a . 1996)

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( A l a . 2006)

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G o v e r n m e n t S t r e e t Lumber Co., I n c . v . AmSouth N.A. , 5 5 3 S o . 2 d 6 8 , 78 ( A l a . 1 9 8 9 )

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H o l l i s t e r v. Soetoro, 258 F.R.D. 1 (D.D.C. 2 0 0 9 ) , aff'd, 368 F e d . A p p x . 154, 2010 WL 1169793 (B.C. C i r . 2010) M i n g k i d v . U.S. A t t ' y G e n . , 468 F . 3 d 7 6 3 , 768 (11^^ C i r . 2006) Sears v. Carson, 551 S o . 2 d 1054, 1056 ( A l a . 1989) S m i t h V. A l l e n , 5 0 2 F . 3 d 1 2 5 5 , 1 2 6 7 (11^^ C i r . 2 0 0 7 ) S t a t e D e p t . o f Revenue v . A r n o l d , 909 S o . 2 d 192, 194 ( A l a . 2005)

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Townsend v. G e n e r a l Motors Corp., 642 S o . 2 d 4 1 1 , 423 ( A l a . 1994)

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Townson v . S t o n i c h e r , 933 S o . 2 d 1062, 1066 ( A l a . ) U. S. V . C l a r k ,

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249 F.Supp. 720, 728 (M.D. A l a . 1965)
STATUTES

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STATEMENT OF INTEREST OF AMICUS CURIAE

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SUJdMARY OF ARGUMENT

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reelection acted

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I. NO ALABAMA COURT REGARDING ANY MATTER PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA.

HAS SUBJECT-MATTER JURISDICTION CONCERNING THE RE-ELECTION OF

I n November President by

2012, P r e s i d e n t Barack States

of the United a n d Goode,

o f America. duly

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the electors

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knows.

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January Court

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should jurisdiction

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Article Constitution born citizen

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January of

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"We u r g e n t l y a s k t h i s honorable Court to grant this writ ordering the Secretary [of State] to o b t a i n b i r t h c e r t i f i c a t e s from t h e candidates f o r President of the United States f o r the election w h i c h was h e l d i n N o v e m b e r , 2 0 1 2 . . . . I f such birth certificates are not forthcoming w i t h i n 45 days after order of this Court, the votes c e r t i f i e d f o r any candidate n o t responding should be decertified." at

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with

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'conduct' of

the election,

results

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I I I . THERE IS NO CREDIBLE EVIDENCE THAT BORN ANYWHERE OTHER THAN HAWAII.

PRESIDENT OBAMA

These—people—could—have—personally witnessed Obama be ing born ou t of an appl e pie, in the middle of a Kansas wheat f i e l d , while Toby Keith sang the National Anthem ~ and they'd still think he was a Kenyan Muslim, " -Jimmy Mclnnish the Secretary with a n d Goode r e p e a t e d l y o f State Kimmel

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D E P A R T M E N T OF H E A L T H

LINDA LINGLE
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C H i Y O M E LEiNAALA FUKINO M.D. DIRECTOR Phone: (808) 586-4410 Fax: (808) 586-4444

S T A T E M E N T B Y DR. C H I Y O M E F U K I N O
" T h e r e h a v e b e e n n u m e r o u s r e q u e s t s for S e n . B a r a c k H u s s e i n O b a m a ' s official birth certificate. S t a t e l a w ( H a w a i ' i R e v i s e d S t a t u t e s § 3 3 8 - 1 8 ) p r o h i b i t s t h e r e l e a s e o f a certified birth certificate to p e r s o n s w h o d o n o t h a v e a t a n g i b l e i n t e r e s t in t h e vital r e c o r d .

" T h e r e f o r e , 1 a s D i r e c t o r of H e a l t h for t h e S t a t e of H a w a i ' i , a l o n g w i t h t h e R e g i s t r a r of V i t a l S t a t i s t i c s w h o h a s statutory authority t o o v e r s e e a n d m a i n t a i n t h e s e t y p e o f vital r e c o r d s , h a v e p e r s o n a l l y s e e n a n d v e r i f i e d that t h e H a w a i ' i S t a t e D e p a r t m e n t o f H e a l t h h a s S e n . O b a m a ' s o r i g i n a l birth c e r t i f i c a t e o n r e c o r d in a c c o r d a n c e with s t a t e p o l i c i e s a n d p r o c e d u r e s .

" N o s t a t e o f f i c i a l , i n c l u d i n g G o v e r n o r L i n d a L i n g l e , h a s e v e r i n s t r u c t e d that this vital r e c o r d b e

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For Immediate Release: July 27, 2009

"I, Dr. C h j y o m e Fukino, Director of the Hawai'i State Department of Health, have s e e n the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai'i State Department of Health verifying Barack H u s s e i n O b a m a w a s born in Hawai'i and is a natural-born A m e r i c a n citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement i s s u e d In October 2 0 0 8 over eight months ago."

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April 25, 2011

T h e Honorable Barack O b a m a President of the United States T h e White House 1600 Pennsylvania A v e n u e , Washington, D C 20500 Dear President O b a m a :

I have reviewed your request for two certified copies of your original Certificate of Live Birth. A s the Director of Health for the State of Hawaii, I have the legal authority to approve the process by which copies of such records are made. Through that authority, in recognition of your status a s President of the United S t a t e s , ! am making an exception to current departmental policy which is to issue a computer-generated certified copy. W e hope that issuing you these copies of your original Certificate of Live Birth will end the numerous inquiries received by the Hawaii Department of Health to produce this document. S u c h inquiries have been disruptive to staff operations and have strained State resources. Enclosed please find two certified copies of your original Certificate of Live Birth. I have witnessed the copying of the certificate and attest to the authenticity of these copies. A receipt for the payment of these documents is attached for your files. P l e a s e let us know if we can be of further assistance.

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Department of Health 1250 Punchbowl Street Honolulu, Hawaii 96813

Office of Health Status Monitoring P.O. Box 3378 Honotulu, Hawaii 96801

Recipient of Verification:

Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State

Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes §338-14.3, I verify the following: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. A birth certificate is on file with the Department of Health indicating that Barack Hussein O b a m a , II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii Name of Person: Barack Hussein O b a m a , il Departmentof Health File #: 151 61 10641 Time of Birth: 7:24 p.m.

Name of Hospital: Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital Age of Father: 25

Age of Mother: 18

Birthplace of Mother: Wichita, Kansas

Date of Signature of Attendant: 8-8-61 Date Accepted by Local Registrar: Aug-8 1961

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I certify that the information contained in the vital record on file with the Department of Health was used to verify the facts of the vital event.

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Office of Health Status Monitoring P - 0 . Box 3378 Honolulu, Hawaii 96801

Recipient of Verification:

Scott J . Tepper and Samuel L Begiey, attorneys for the Mississippi Democratic Party in Taitz et al v. Democratic Party of Mississippi rsicl. et ai. No. 3:12- GV -00280~ HTW-LRA (S.D. Miss.)

Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes §338-14,3, I verify the following: 1. The original Certificate of Live Birth for Barack Hussein O b a m a , II, is on file with the State of Hawaii Department of Health. T h e information contained in the "Certificate of Live Birth" published at http://www.whitehouse .gQv /bloq/2011/04/27/pre5ident-obamas-lon.q-formbirth-certificate and reviewed by me on the date of this verification, a copy of which is attached with your request, matches the information contained in the original Certificate of Live Birth for Barack Hussein Obama, II on file with the State of Hawaii Department of Health

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I certify thatthe information contained in the vital rsisord on file with the Department of Health was used to verifyTbe facts of the vital event.

Alvin T. Ona1<a, P h . D . State Registrar

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Date Issued: M a y 31, 2012

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