I used the snopes site so it would be easy for everyone to be caught up. The birth certificate I linked to (also found in that snopes article) is more legally relevant, of course.
And yes, anyone can bring a lawsuit for any reason. Whether it holds up in court or is thrown out as a waste of the court's time is another matter entirely.
I agree with you completely. The document on the snopes site appears to be a Hawaiian Certificate of Live Birth, but not a Hawaiian Birth Certificate which is a very different document. The Birth Cert. used in Hawaii [which the hospitals in Hawaii (both, since his sister says he was born in a hospital other than the one O says is his birth origin) refused to disclose to prove Obama's claim] has a seal, which the COLB does not require and the sample provided on snopes.com does not appear to have either. The Birth Cert in Hawaii also provides all pertinent info on the parents (age, race, nationality, etc) as well as the child. The COLB does not and the sample provided on snopes.com does not have such information either. Birth Certs are provided by the hospital from their own files and contains the signatures of the doctors and witnesses. The Cert of Live Bith is produced from a computer record, which is why they make the distinction between the two.
So though the COLB looks like something on snopes, I know that in my state of Washington, it could not be used to get a driver's license, let alone qualify me to run for the office of President of The US. I know that 15 years ago, when I tried to use a copy of my birth cert without the raised seal, it was rejected as invalid by the Dept. of Licensing in WA. It might be that way in Hawaii too, though I don't know. I only know from my experience in New York, Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Washington.
BTW, when you look at the hex code for the image provided on snopes, you might find that it shows a notification that it was altered using Adobe Photoshop. At least that's what I read and saw for myself. But then maybe that evidence was Photoshop handiwork as well. Hard to tell anymore, that stuff is so good.
If I'm wrong on this, of course I'd like to know and be corrected. ;
Either way, you must admit, this is a fantastic plot for a movie, no?
As for being thrown out of court, as I said, we're all still waiting since August and four calls from O's attorneys to dismiss, yet no judgement and no Birth Certificate, just the Cert of Live Birth. Maybe we should tell the judge about the snopes thing. Help him out a bit.