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Judge considers whether to keep Obama on ballot

ATLANTA (AP) -- Barack Obama's attorney says he and the president will not attend a hearing in Georgia that seeks to keep Obama off the state's ballot over claims he is not a natural-born citizen.

Deputy Chief Judge Michael Malihi last week ordered Obama to appear at Thursday's hearing, but his attorney Michael Jablonski said he will not be there. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp wrote to Jablonski on Wednesday that if Obama and his attorney don't show up, "you do so at your own peril."

Similar complaints have been filed in other states. None have been successful.

Jablonski said Obama has long made his birth certificate and other documents proving his citizenship available to the public.

The Georgia complaint wants to keep Obama's name off the state's presidential primary ballot in March.