On February 3, 2012, Georgia Administrative Law Judge Michael Malihi ruled that Presbo was eligible to be on the ballot in Georgia because he met the definition of “natural born citizen”.
In order to come to this ruling, Judge Mahili had to ignore previous Supreme Court rulings (aka legal precedents) on how to interpret the Constitution. He had to ignore witnesses and evidence presented by the plaintiffs. He did not have to ignore any witnesses or evidence presented by Presbo because Presbo didn’t bother to show up. He had to ignore previous Supreme Court rulings establishing that a “natural born citizen” was defined as being born to two American citizen parents. He also had to ignore his own legal opinion that he wrote on January 3, 2012, in response to Presbo’s lawyer’s Motion to Dismiss.
Judge Mahali’s finding on January 3: “In the absence of words of limitation, words in a statute should be given their ordinary and everyday meaning.’ Because there is no other ‘natural and reasonable construction’ of the statutory language, this Court is ‘not authorized either to read into or to read out that which would add to or change its meaning.’ ”
This is the opposite of what he said on his finding on February 3, one month later.
What could you threaten a judge with that would make him ignore everything and find for something that was so obviously unjustified? Is Judge Mahali a coward? Did he take the 30 pieces of silver? A billion dollar campaign war chest can buy a LOT of threat. Was the other choice the sword? Who led the nearly total media blackout on this?
We are mostly all obviously in contempt of this court, but what was the threat that was so big as to make a judge roll over? How well would we have held up under the possible punitive damage that is capable of being administered?