Military officers can't question a Presidents eligibility

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by Range Rover, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Judge to Lakin: Find another defense

    Rules that officer challenging Obama's eligibility can't see evidence

    FT. MEADE, MD. - A career officer in the U.S. Army acting as a judge in the court-martial process for Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin today ruled that the military is no place for Barack Obama's eligibility to be president to be evaluated.

    Army Col. Denise R. Lind today ruled in a hearing regarding the evidence that will be allowed in the scheduled October court-martial for Lakin that he will be denied access to any of Obama's records as well as any testimony from those who may have access to those records.

    With her decision, Lind plunged into lockstep with a number of federal judges who have ruled on civil lawsuits over Obama's eligibility. They have without exception denied the plaintiffs' any access to any requested documentation regarding the president's eligibility.

    Lind ruled that it was "not relevant" for the military to be considering such claims, that the laws allegedly violated by Lakin were legitimate on their face and that the chain of command led up to the Pentagon and that should have been sufficient for Lakin.

    Paul Rolf Jensen, Lakin's civilian attorney, said the case would continue. But he said the courts now have denied his client the opportunity to present his defense.

    Jensen had argued that under U.S.C. Rule 46, a defendant being put on court martial has the right to call any and all witnesses and obtain any evidence in his or her defense.

    Lind, who took 40 minutes to read her decision to the courtroom, disagreed.

    She said opening up such evidence could be an "embarrassment" to the president and anyway, it should be Congress that would call for impeachment of a sitting president.