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Judge considers whether to keep President Obama on ballot

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One after another, witnesses questioned whether President Barrack Obama's most important documents are real at a hearing in downtown Atlanta, but the defendant, one of the most powerful men in the world, was conspicuously absent.  

About 100 people crowded a state courtroom in downtown Atlanta on Thursday morning as attorneys seeking to block the president from the state's primary in March argued their case before Judge Michael Malihi.

It's the latest attempt by activists, who call themselves "birthers," people who question the president's citizenship, to derail the president's bid for re-election. They claim Mr. Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen, saying his father, Barrack Obama Sr. was not a U.S. citizen himself when the president was born.

Orly Taitz, one of the attorneys leading the charge, against the president claims Mr. Obama's social security number and his birth certificate, which he presented last year, are fraudulent. "The man does not have a valid birth certificate, doesn't have a valid social security number. This was never decided on the merits," Taitz said.

Taitz called a witness who claimed the President's social security number appeared to be fraudulent, saying the number was for someone born in 1890 not 1961, the year the President was born.

Taitz put herself on the stand. She claims the president was born in Indonesia and went under different names as a young student during his time in Indonesia.

Taitz is running for a U.S. senate seat in California. CBS Atlanta asked Taitz if actions are politically motivated, timed to generate publicity for her campaign and to raise questions about the president during the race for the white house. "I stated running for senate recently and I've been wring on this case for three years. It's not motivated by political ambition," Taitz said.

Similar cases have been heard in other states, but failed.

The president's attorney, Michael Jablonski has said Mr. Obama settle the issue last year when made his birth certificate and his citizenship available.

Similarly, Mitt Romney's father was born in Mexico and Rick Santorum's father was born in Italy.

No one has filed a complaint about either of those candidates' eligibility.

Judge Malihi has not said when he would rule on the case.

Copyright 2012 WGCL-TV (Meredith Corporation).  All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.