Judge Michael rules Obama must appear at eligibility hearing next Thursday!
This means that Obama will have to “stand trial” [see caveat below] and prove his eligibility for office. (See my post on this, here.)
In all four cases, Obama is represented by high-powered attorney Michael Jablonski, the General Counsel for the Democratic Party of Georgia. Jablonski promptly filed a motion for Obama to not appear at the first hearing scheduled for next Thursday, January 26, 2012.
But that motion is denied by Judge Michael!!!
This happy news is reported by the website Article II Political Action Committee, Jan. 20, 2012. Here is Judge Michael’s order (you can also view the order in PDF format, here):
ORDER ON MOTION TO QUASH SUBPOENAS
Dean Haskins (of Birther Summit) cautions us against assuming too much:
“…what has been repeatedly referred to as a ‘trial,’ will not be a trial, but an administrative hearing. Folks, it is being conducted by Georgia’s Office of State Administrative Hearings. That should be the first clue about what will actually take place! The entire purpose of the hearing is for the administrative judge to make a recommendation to Georgia’s Secretary of State, who is under no legal obligation to adhere to the judge’s recommendation.
[...] 616-1-2-.38 Discovery. Amended.
Discovery shall not be available in any proceeding before an Administrative Law Judge except to the extent specifically authorized by law. Nothing in this Rule is intended to limit the provisions of Article 4 of Chapter 18 of Title 50 or Rule 37.
And, for the record, what is excluded from the discovery rule are public records.“
H/t my friend Mark S. McGrew.