VOL. 17 ISSUE NO. 10   |   MARCH 9 – 15, 2011


U.S. Supreme Court denies rehearing in Obama/Soetoro eligibility case

Court remains silent on motion to recuse

WASHINGTON – On March 7, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) issued its order list for cases distributed for conference on March 4 and listed Hollister v. Soetoro under the listing titled “Rehearings Denied,” without comment.

The request for reconsideration was based on SCOTUS not having addressed Hollister’s motion for recusal of justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan when the case was distributed for conference in January.

Hollister asserted both Kagan and Sotomayor, having been nominated by Obama, were conflicted as they stood to lose their appointments to SCOTUS if Obama were proven constitutionally ineligible as a natural born citizen. 

While the order list notes, under various other cases reviewed at conference on March 4, “Justice Sotomayor and Justice Kagan took no part in the consideration or decision of this petition,” or that one or the other took no part in the consideration or decision in a number of other petitions, no such comment was made in Hollister’s case.


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