Posted: Thursday, January 26th 2012 at 3:38pm
Ga. judge weighs arguments in Obama ballot dispute
By The Associated Press
President Barack Obama speaks about manufacturing and jobs during a visit to Intel Corporation's Ocotillo facility Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Chandler, Ariz. In 2011 Intel announced a more than $5 billion investment to build the new chip manufacturing facility, called the Fab 42, bringing thousands of construction and permanent manufacturing jobs to Intel's Arizona site.(AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
ATLANTA - A Georgia judge has heard arguments and is considering a complaint that seeks to keep President Barack Obama off the state's ballot.
Obama's local attorney Michael Jablonski boycotted Thursday's hearing in Atlanta. Plaintiff's attorneys urged Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi to hold him and the president in contempt. The judge didn't set a timeline for a ruling.
About 100 people listened to hours of arguments from the attorneys, who included state Rep. Mark Hatfield, a Waycross Republican.
The complaint contends Obama isn't a natural-born U.S. citizen and therefore should not be on the state's ballot. Similar complaints have been filed in other states with no success.
Obama's attorney argues that the president has long made his birth certificate and other documents proving his citizenship available to the public.
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