Hawaii appeals court rejects "birther" appeal

HONOLULU (AP) - The three-judge panel of the Hawaii Intermediate Court of Appeals rejected an appeal by a man seeking to "inspect and copy" President Barack Obama's birth certificate, saying he failed to state a valid claim to having access to the document.

Chief Judge Craig Nakamura wrote in an opinion issued Thursday the plaintiff, Robert V. Justice, didn't show that there were "compelling circumstances" requiring the state Department of Health to show him the birth certificate. Two associate justices concurred, one in a separate opinion.

Hawaii's privacy laws bar the release of birth records unless the requester is someone with a tangible interest, such as a close family member.

Hawaii's former health director repeatedly said verified Obama's original records. Also, two local newspapers published notices of Obama's birth in 1961.

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