Sheriff Joe Arpaio appoints ‘cold case posse’ to probe Obama’s birth certificate

Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has appointed a “cold case posse” to review information pertaining to President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.

The news was first reported by World Net Daily, an online publication that has doggedly pursued conspiracy theories about the president’s birth.

Sgt. Jesse Spurgin, a spokesman for the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, confirmed the news to The Daily Caller Tuesday.

Spurgin explained that the tough-on-crime Arizona sheriff appointed the posse to examine documents given to Arpaio by author Jerome Corsi.

The goal of the inquest “is to determine whether there appears to be enough evidence to move forward with an investigation or — and this is more likely the case — whether another governmental entity might be a better choice to investigate these claims,” Spurgin explained.

According to Spurgin, “The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office cold case posse consists of 40 non-compensated (volunteer) members, many of whom have professional law enforcement backgrounds.” (RELATED: Poll shows Obama approval rating at new low)

Two members of the posse “will review, not investigate, the documents given to Sheriff Arpaio by Dr. Corci [sic] and his fellow associates,” Spurgin said.

Jerome Corsi’s book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” was released in May. The president released his full-length birth certificate — a demand that had long been made by “birthers” — weeks before.

The release of the president’s full-length birth certificate was widely considered to have discredited the conspiracy theories about his birth.

Arpaio broke the news to World Net Daily, explaining that “this investigation does not involve politics,” concluding, “I listen to all the residents of Maricopa County who come to my office with complaints, regardless what their politics are.”

It is unclear whether any public resources will be used for the probe.

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