Hawaii Appeals Court Rejects Obama Birther Suit
The opinion from the three-judge panel was written by Chief Justice Craig Nakamura and joined by Associate Judge Alexa Fujise. They relied on the section of state law that bars the release of vital records except to family members and others with a direct interest and rejected Justice's argument that Obama's eligibility to be president rose to the level of a medical emergency.
Associate Judge Katherine Leonard — who was nominated to be chief justice of the Hawaii Supreme Court last year by Republican Gov. Linda Lingle but was rejected by the heavily Democratic Hawaii Senate — filed her own one-page concurring opinion in which she wrote that "Dr. Justice does not have the power or authority to determine President Obama's eligibility. Only the Congress of the United States has the power to remove a sitting president."