Pieter Nosworthy, an active duty military who originally signed Orly’s inflammatory Release consenting to become a named Plaintiff in her proposed military Complaint seeking to determine BO’s Constitutional eligibility for POTUS and then, appreciating the legal quagmire into which he had just waded, rescinded such consent; posted on his blog this suggestion. Why not identify the top Constitutional law scholars in the country and pool our money to hire these experts to champion the ‘perfect’ case?
Here is my response.
Arguably, the top Constitutional law scholar in the country is Professor Laurence Tribe from Harvard Law School. He taught BO; here is a November 2008 quote from the Harvard Crimson, wherein the recognized legal intellect (Tribe) adeptly avoids any mention as to the caliber of legal scholarship displayed by his former student while simultaneously singing his laurels.
“There are those in whom challenge stirs greatness, those who rise to challenge rather than letting it break their stride or spin their compass,” said Tribe about Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, whom he called “the most impressive and talented of the thousands of students I have been privileged to teach in nearly 40 years on the Harvard faculty.”
To put things into perspective, here is text Professor Tribe submitted to be entered into the Congressional Record during the passage of non-binding Senate Resolution 511, declaring Senator John McCain is a NBC, in April 2008.
“[B]ased on the original meaning of the Constitution, the Framers’ intentions, and subsequent legal and historical precedent, Senator McCain’s birth to parents who were U.S. citizens, serving on a U.S. military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936, makes him a “natural born Citizen” within the meaning of the Constitution.”
Of course, just because Professor Tribe says BO was the most impressive student he has taught in 40 years; or that Senator McCain is a NBC because his parents, both U.S. citizens, were serving on a U.S. military base; does not make any of this so. As has we have witnessed happen with so many others entered into this fray, even the product of great legal minds can be motivated by self-interest (like potential openings on the SCOTUS).