- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A federal appeals court has upheld sanctions against a Knoxville legal foundation that claims President Obama is not legally qualified to be president.

According to court records, in 2012 the Liberty Legal Foundation sued the National Democratic Party, the Democratic National Committee and others, including former Tennessee Democratic Party Chairman Chip Forrester.

The suit claimed the Democratic officials misrepresented President Obama as qualified for office. The suit claimed that Obama is not a natural-born citizen of the United States.

In a Tuesday ruling, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that found the suit to be frivolous and said the claims have no basis in law.

The appeals court upheld sanctions against the foundation in the form of reasonable attorney fees for the defendants.

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