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Judge denies FRG woman’s challenge to Obama’s citizenship

WOODSTOCK – A McHenry County judge denied a Fox River Grove woman’s request to present to a grand jury her claims that President Obama’s citizenship status amounts to widespread voter fraud.

Sharon Ann Meroni, founder of Patriot’s Heart Media Network, and 20 unnamed network members asked Judge Sharon Prather to appoint Meroni as an investigator. As an investigator, Meroni wanted to compel testimony and present evidence before the grand jury about the alleged voter fraud.

But Prather told her Wednesday that there was no legal basis to allow such an appointment. She also said Meroni had not included any facts in her court filings last month to support her request.

“There is no legal basis for me to do what you are asking me to do,” Prather said, after Meroni questioned her decision.

Prather said the State’s Attorney’s Office was vested with the authority to decide what cases to prosecute.

Outside the courtroom, Meroni said her concerns were broader than her belief that Obama is not a natural-born citizen eligible to be president. She said she was concerned that Illinois officials do not take steps to verify that any candidates are eligible to run for office besides allowing a specific five-day challenge period.

“We do not verify citizenship of any voter,” Meroni said. “We do not verify the citizenship of anyone running for office.”

Meroni said she was disappointed Prather did not review the stack of materials Meroni presented in court Wednesday morning before issuing her ruling. The materials included copies of e-mail exchanges with the McHenry Country Clerk’s Office on candidate filing practices, printouts of articles on the term “natural-born citizen,” and print-outs from Web sites such as CNN.com and www.stop-obama.org.

Meroni said she planned to appeal Prather’s decision.

But Assistant State’s Attorney Jeff Bora said the law did not allow private individuals to act as a prosecutor or investigator before a grand jury.

“There is no legal recourse for a private individual who wants to go before a grand jury with their own private agenda,” Bora said.

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