Bush v. Gore: The Fight for Florida's Vote
by Robert M. Jarvis, Phyllis Coleman, Johnny C. Burris (Kluwer Law
International) On Tuesday, November 7, 2000, 100 million
Americans went to the polls to elect a new president. By early the next morning
it was clear Florida would determine the election. For without the state,
neither candidate had the 270 Electoral College votes needed to claim the White
Within days, attorneys for Texas Governor George W. Bush, the Republican
Party's nominee, and Vice President Albert A. Gore, Jr., the Democratic Party's
nominee, were battling each other in courtrooms stretching from Miami to
Tallahassee. By the time the skirmishing ended five weeks later, dozens of
lawsuits had been filed and an astonishing array of state and federal judges had
weighed in on the dispute by issuing a series of ground-breaking opinions.
In recognition of the worldwide significance of the 2000 United States
presidential election, Kluwer Law International commissioned three Florida law
professors to gather together the key judicial rulings generated by this
remarkable test of participatory democracy. Their efforts have resulted in an
indispensable masterpiece. The editors have carefully chosen the top 31
opinions, including the Palm Beach County "butterfly ballot" case, the Florida
Supreme Court's "let the count continue" decision, and the United States Supreme
Court's infamous December 9th stay order, which effectively ended Al Gore's
quest to become president.
The most remarkable aspect of the book, however, is its Introduction. In
clear and concise terms, the editors identify the principal legal issues at
stake in Florida, the strategies employed by the candidates in addressing them,
and the means by which the courts resolved them. This superb analysis is must
reading for anyone who hopes to understand what really happened in the weeks
following November 7th.
The Best Democracy Money Can Buy: An Investigative Reporter Exposes the
Truth about Globalization, Corporate Cons, and High Finance Fraudsters by
Greg Palast (Pluto Press) Award-winning investigative
journalist Greg Palast digs deep to unearth the ugly facts that few reporters
working anywhere in the world today have the courage or ability to cover. From
East Timor to Waco, he has exposed some of the most egregious cases of political
corruption, corporate fraud, and financial manipulation in the US and abroad.
His uncanny investigative skills as well as his no-holds-barred style have made
him an anathema among magnates on four continents and a living legend among his
colleagues and his devoted readership.
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