Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said at a news conference on Tuesday that he now has positive evidence that Obama's long-form certificate released by the White House in April 2011 is computer-generated forgery.
AP reports that Mike Zullo, chief investigator of Arpaio's' "cold case posse," says numeric codes in certain parts of the birth certificate indicate that some parts were not filled out, but the sections asking for the race of his father and his field of work or study were completed.
Zullo said that investigators did not understand the codes until they were explained by a 95-year-old former state worker, a woman, who signed the president's birth certificate. According to Zullo, a writer who has published a book about Obama's birth certificate and who is assisting the posse in its investigation allowed them to listen to an interview he had with the former state worker.
The Los Angeles Times reports Arpaio said: “At the very least, I can tell you this, based on all of the evidence presented and investigated, I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic.” He added: “My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in a paper format as claimed by the White House.”
Arpaio, who claimed he was "shocked" about the discoveries, said: “My original intent was to clear the president of the United States.”
According to CBS, when a reporter with the CBS affiliate KPHO asked how anyone could believe the sheriff's latest claims, he answered: "That's an insult. Look at the evidence and forget who's in bed with who. Talk about the evidence."
CBS reports the investigation said it also found evidence that Obama's Selective Service registration form was fraudulent.
Zullo said: "Considering the fact that Hawaii appears to be very lax in its distribution of birth certificates, it is possible, though certainly not proven, that President Obama, through the actions of others, may have benefited by the ease with which one can obtain a birth certificate proving U.S. citizenship."
AP reports that the Obama campaign has declined to comment on Arpaio's latest allegations. But the Arizona Democratic Party said in a statement that Arpaio continues to use his investigation into Obama's birth certificate to draw attention away from problems within his agency, including 400 sex crime cases the sheriff's office failed to properly investigate.
Digital Journal reported that Arpaio's so-called "cold case posse" announced in March that there was "probable cause" that Obama's long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April 2011 was computer-generated forgery.
According to The Los Angeles Times, a civil trial will begin on Thursday in a lawsuit that accuses Arpaio's office of racially profiling Latinos. The suit is a precursor to a U.S. Justice Department lawsuit that alleges a civil rights violations against Arpaio's office.
Hawaii officials, who have repeatedly confirmed Obama's citizenship, spoke again on the matter on Tuesday. According to Joshua A. Wisch, a special assistant to Hawaii's attorney general: "Regarding the latest allegations from a sheriff in Arizona, they are untrue, misinformed, and misconstrue Hawaii law." According to Wisch, "not only are Hawaii's vital records some of the best managed, but they also have some of the strongest restrictions on access to prevent identity theft and fraud."
Courts have refused to hear lawsuits on the controversial issue. The Los Angeles Times comments sarcastically on Arpaio's persistent "cold posse" investigation of Obama's certificate: "Sometimes in politics, the only thing to do with a dead horse is to beat it."