"To repeat the question he raises at the end of that argument. Why would a de facto officer who is not de jure be immune from the operation of that doctrine just because he is de facto and not de jure in the Oval Office rather than in a lesser office? What wouild exempt the defendant Soetoro a/k/a Obama from the law in that regard?"
While Hemenway is totally justified in being steamed by Robertson's taking judicial notice of blogging and twittering in affirming a presumption of Obama's eligibility, Robertson's dismissal effectively defeated discovery of Obama's eligibility and trial on the merits until after the inauguration including any determination that Obama is not de jure POTUS.
Hollister's claims that he is entitled via interpleader to challenge the authority of the CIC is "innovative" and I haven't seen any persons claiming to be lawyers who think it had a chance of succeeding even it it reached trial.
Thus until a quo warranto hearing decides otherwise, Obama is both de facto and de jure POTUS. Hemenway can't expect the court to act as though Obama was only de facto POTUS based on allegations never admitted into evidence at a trial.
In other words, you don't have an answer to thw question, so you have avoided it. You have stated that the defendant is President de jure
but have failed to address the issue of how that can be so if he is ineligible for the office for lack of meeting the article II, Section 1, Clause 5 requirement. If one is filling the office in violation of the Constitution he cannot then, by definition, be doing so de jure
or the term would be meaningless unless the Constitution is not legally binding.
As to the anonymous lawyers to whom you have spoken: Is there a basis for their opinions or are they just guesses based on such factors as "unthinkablity" rather than legal precedent?
posted on 01/09/2010 1:39:31 PM PST
(Should we be more like them or they more like we used to be?)
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