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Inside Bush v. Gore /
Charley Wells.
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Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2013.
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xiii, 142 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
ISBN
0813044758 (hbk. : acid-free paper), 9780813044750 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
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imprint
Gainesville : University Press of Florida, c2013.
isbn
0813044758 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
9780813044750 (hbk. : acid-free paper)
contents note
Opening statement -- Preliminary matters -- The day after the election -- The Florida justices -- The supporting cast -- Florida election law -- Conflicting opinions: Harris v. Butterworth -- Petitions in our court -- Tension mounts -- The day before a long weekend -- The briefs -- Oral argument -- Decision in the protest case -- An eventful Thanksgiving -- The protest goes to Washington; the contest goes forward -- United States Supreme Court remands; Judge Sauls rules -- Our court reviews judge Sauls's order: decision and division -- The Supremes end the tale -- Summation.
abstract
Chief Justice Charley Wells' account of the recount in Florida following the presidential election of 2000.
catalogue key
8907240
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Hanging chads. Butterfly ballots. Unruly demonstrations across the country. A state capital occupied by the national press corps. For thirty-six excruciating days in late 2000, a nation held its breath while the seven justices of the Florida Supreme Court debated the outcome of the presidential election in Florida behind closed doors. The events that transpired within the justices' chambers-their arguments, exhortations, and appeals to one another-have remained a mystery . . . until now. Inside Bush v. Gore presents the unique, candid, and compelling perspective of the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice who stood at the center of the storm. Charley Wells, a strong dissenting voice in the court's 43 decision that mandated a statewide manual recount, gives an unprecedented play-by-play of those tumultuous days. Not only is his legal analysis of Bush v. Gore at the state and federal levels invaluable, but he also offers an insider's view of judicial relationships, the frustrations of ambiguous election laws, the difficulties in separating the legalities from the politics, and the unsung yet critical role played by state court professionals. Ultimately Inside Bush v. Gore is a story about the transfer of power in a country that prides itself on the democratic process of electing its leaders and the ability of the court system to justly and fairly resolve disputes. With the advantage of hindsight and the perspective gained by reading countless commentaries and studies about the decisions of both the Florida and the United States Supreme Courts, Wells highlights how the rule of law prevailed in the midst of one of the country's most controversial elections in recent history. Charley Wells, retired Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, where he served from 1994 to 2009, is now an attorney with the firm of GrayRobinson in Orlando. A volume in the series Florida Politics and Government, edited by David Colburn and Susan MacManus
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Chief Justice Charley Wells' account of the recount in Florida following the presidential election of 2000.
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"The Bush v. Gore legal challenge constituted the perfect political and legal storm. Thankfully, Charley Wells sheds his black robe to give readers an easy-to-read, insider's account of the personalities, politics, and legal concerns involved in that landmark case."-Robert Watson, author of Counting Votes "Chief Justice Wells has written a riveting inside account of the Florida Supreme Court's actions during the disputed 2000 presidential election. A must-read for students of the Bush v. Gore fiasco."-Richard L. Hasen, author of The Voting Wars "A must-read for jurists, political scientists, historians, and others interested in understanding how the Florida Supreme Court reached its decisions in the disputed 2000 presidential election."-Lance deHaven-Smith, author of Government in the Sunshine State
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Behind closed doors in the case that turned the tide of history "The Bush v. Gore legal challenge constituted the perfect political and legal storm. Thankfully, Charley Wells sheds his black robe to give readers an easy-to-read, insider's account of the personalities, politics, and legal concerns involved in that landmark case."-Robert Watson, author of Counting Votes "Chief Justice Wells has written a riveting inside account of the Florida Supreme Court's actions during the disputed 2000 presidential election. A must-read for students of the Bush v. Gore fiasco."-Richard L. Hasen, author of The Voting Wars "A must-read for jurists, political scientist, historians, and others interested in understanding how the Florida Supreme Court reached its decisions in the disputed 2000 presidential election."?Lance deHaven-Smith, author of Government in the Sunshine State Hanging chads. Butterfly ballots. Unruly demonstrations across the country. A state capital occupied by the national press corps. For thirty-six excruciating days in late 2000, a nation held its breath while seven men held in their hands the fate of the presidential election in Florida. The events that transpired within the justices' chambers'their arguments, exhortations, and appeals to one another'have remained a mystery . . . until now. Inside Bush v. Gore presents the unique, candid, and compelling perspective of the Florida Supreme Court Chief Justice who stood at the center of the storm. Charley Wells, a strong dissenting voice in the court's 4-3 decision that mandated a statewide manual recount, gives an unprecedented play-by-play account of those tumultuous days. Not only is his legal analysis of Bush v. Gore at the state and federal levels invaluable, but he also offers an insider's view of judicial alliances, the frustrations of ambiguous election laws, the difficulties in separating the legalities from the politics, and the unsung yet critical role played by state court professionals. A volume in the series Florida Politics and Government, edited by David Colburn and Susan MacManus Charley Wells is retired Chief Justice of the Florida Supreme Court, where he served from 1994 to 2009. He is now an attorney with the firm of GrayRobinson in Orlando.
Table of Contents
Forewordp. ix
Opening Statementp. 1
Preliminary Mattersp. 5
The Day after the Electionp. 13
The Florida Justicesp. 16
The Supporting Castp. 23
Florida Election Lawp. 28
Conflicting Opinions: Harris v. Butterworthp. 34
Petitions in Our Courtp. 40
Tension Mountsp. 44
The Day before a Long Weekendp. 59
The Briefsp. 62
Oral Argumentp. 74
Decision in the Protest Casep. 87
An Eventful Thanksgivingp. 93
The Protest Goes to Washington; the Contest Goes Forwardp. 101
United States Supreme Court Remands; Judge Sauls Rulesp. 108
Our Court Reviews Judge Sauls's Order: Decision and Divisionp. 116
The Supremes End the Talep. 126
Summationp. 131
Indexp. 137
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