Some Dare Call It Justice
ought to be reversed, and additional recounts\r\nshould be taken.\r\nOnec again, the Denioeratic trialcourt\r\njudge ruled against Al Gore. Sensibly,\r\nhe interpreted the "contest" statute to\r\napply only to situations in which gross irregularities\r\nwere suspected, not to close\r\nelections. By now. Gore had lost the\r\noriginal count, the mandatory machine\r\nrecount, the certification, and the attempt\r\nat a "contest." He appealed, once\r\nmore, to the Florida Supreme Gourt,\r\nwhich once more reversed the trial court\r\nand declared that "voter intent" was so\r\nimportant that, given the closeness of the\r\nelection, Gore should be granted his\r\n"contest" and the certification should be\r\nnullified pending the outcome of\r\nstatewide recounts.\r\nThis time, the Florida Supreme Gourt\r\njustices (all of whom were appointed bv\r\nDemoerafic governors, six of whom were\r\nDemocrats, and one of whom was an independent)\r\nsplit four to three, with the\r\nFlorida chief justice, in dissent, warning\r\nthat the Florida Gourt was changing the\r\nrules in violation of the federal "safe harbor"\r\nlaw and stood to be slapped down by\r\nthe U.S. Supreme Gourt for ignoring that\r\nGourt's directives. It looked as if the fourperson\r\nFlorida court majorit)' simply favored\r\nGore and had bent the law to accommodate\r\nhis interests.\r\nAlmost immediately, the U.S. Supreme\r\nGourt issued a stay of the Florida Supreme\r\nGourt's second decision, halfing the recounts.\r\nThis was...
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