Supreme Court rejects citizenship petition from American Samoans[/b
]The attorney for the five American Samoans in the US citizenship lawsuit is disappointed that the Supreme Court of the United States has rejected its petition to hear their case, and now upholds the appeals court’s decision dismissing the suit against defendants, US State Department including the US Secretary of State.
On the other hand, attorney for the American Samoa Government and Congresswoman Aumua Amata, who were intervenors in the case and participated as ‘friends of the court’ in the appeals process as well as before the Supreme Court, are very pleased with the court’s decision to reject the plaintiffs’ petition.
(Then Congressman Faleomavaega Eni had also participated as a ‘friend of the court’ in the case when it was argued in lower court, before he was unseated in the November 2014 general election.)
As previously reported by Samoa News, the Supreme Court conferenced privately last week Thursday to consider the petition of ‘writ of certiorari’ from the plaintiffs led by local resident Leneuoti F. Tuaua and a Samoan organization based in California.