Supreme Court denies hearing on 'birther' suit

The Supreme Court denied a man's request for a hearing on his lawsuit challenging President Obama's citizenship.

The high court refused without explanation an appeal seeking a hearing on a lawsuit challenging whether the president is a legal U.S. citizen, and thus eligible to be president.

The court denied the petition for a writ of certiorari in a list of orders released Monday.

The decision leaves in place a circuit court decision upholding a lower court judge's dismissal of a "birther" lawsuit, which sought to force the president to "conclusively prove" he was born in the United States.

Obama long ago released a copy of his legal birth certificate. The Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact has a copy of it here.

Interestingly, the court made a decision to allow for an organization called the "Western Center for Journalism" to file an amicus curiae — "friend of the court" — briefing in the case. According to that group's website, it was founded by Joseph Farah, who now runs the conservative website WorldNetDaily.