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17. December 12:- The US Supreme Court, in a decision as partisan as the unconscionable Dred Scott decision of 1857, permanently halted the Florida recount, thus handing the presidency to George W. Bush. The Gang of Five baldly stated: "The individual citizen has no federal constitutional right to vote for electors for the President of the United States unless and until the state legislature chooses a statewide election as the means to implement its power to appoint members of the Electoral College." They added further that the state legislature could, at any time, revoke the popular vote for president and "if it so chooses, select the electors itself."

Associate Justice John Paul Stevens stated in his dissenting opinion: "In the interest of finality, however, the majority effectively orders the disenfranchisement of an unknown number of voters whose ballots reveal their intent-- and are therefore legal votes under state law-- but were for some reason rejected by the ballot-counting machines.... Although we may never know with complete certainty the identity of the winner of this year's Presidential election, the identity of the loser is perfectly clear. It is the Nation's confidence in the judge as an impartial guardian of the rule of law."
Two members of the Gang of Five have conflicts of interest with a Bush victory sufficient to cause more ethical judges to recuse themselves. Thomas' wife Virginia is employed by the Heritage Foundation, a right-wing think tank, where she is processing resumés for appointments in a Bush administration. Scalia's son Eugene is a partner in the Washington law office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. One of the senior partners there is Theodore Olson, who argued Bush's case before the Supreme Court and is supposed to be on Bush's short list for a Supreme Court nomination. Additionally, Justice O'Connor, aged 70, has been postponing retirement until a Republican president takes office. It could also be argued that Rehnquist and Scalia would favor the succession of Bush as a president more likely to appoint new justices that would be their clones and cement their judicial philosophy for the next three decades.


Democrats prostrate before Supreme Court assault on democratic rights [12 December]

Family ties, political bias linked US Supreme Court justices to Bush camp

And, finally, in case you didn't understand how the Supremes could have reasoned their way to their final decision, this interview with attorney Mark Levine should make it perfectly clear!
A Layman's Guide To The Supreme Court Decision in Bush v. Gore, by Mark Levine, Esq.

 

 

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