Ted Cruz Eligibility Challenge Goes To Supreme Court

In the latest example of legal idiocy, legal challenges to Ted Cruz’s eligibility to be President of the United States continue to move forward towards the nation’s highest court. Despite at least four similar cases being thrown out, the petitioner successfully appealed the case, which has been placed on the Supreme Court’s docket for consideration.


A Utah man has appealed his case against Ted Cruz all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. And, get this, confirmed it is officially on the court docket for consideration to be heard. In fact, Ted Cruz’s attorneys have until May 5, 2016 to respond to the petition for writ of certiorari. A cert petition is filed by a losing party in a lawsuit asking the Supreme Court to review a lower court’s decision. Of course, that doesn’t mean the Supreme Court will take up the case, they could deny it. Nevertheless, it is an interesting development in the so-called Ted Cruz birther saga, which of course was fueled by his opponent in the Republican presidential race, Donald Trump.

The notion that Cruz is not a natural born citizen, as the case claims, is just simply absurd. It’s equally as absurd as the idiotic ‘birther’ movement that claimed that President Obama is not a United States citizen and as such, is ineligible for the highest office in the land. Then again, when you consider that one of the most prominent voices in both claims is none other than Donald Trump, well… no more needs be said.


The issue of Cruz’s birth gained traction after Republican front-runner Donald Trump questioned the senator’s eligibility in televised interviews. The real-estate mogul argued the uncertainty could lead to a years-long court battle if Cruz won the Republican nomination.

Of course, the world is full of people that have a limited grasp on both common sense and reality, so despite the myriad established precedents regarding citizenship, the Utah case is not the only active case working its way through the courts.


In late March, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, in a brief unsigned order, upheld a trial judge’s ruling that reached the merits of the issue and found that Cruz met the Constitution’s requirement.

A natural-born citizen “includes any person who is a United States citizen from birth,” wrote Commonwealth Judge Dan Pellegrini.

Carmon Elliott, the Pittsburgh resident who filed the lawsuit, has vowed to appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

While it’s extraordinarily unlikely that any of the eligibility challenges will succeed, they certainly provide a certain morbid sense entertainment. At least to those of us that get a sick sense of enjoyment out of the nutjobs that believe in chemtrails, black helicopters and that 9/11 was an “inside job”.


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