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Gore Delays Florida Supreme Court Filing

Wednesday, 29 November 2000 12:00 AM

The move left news organizations floundering as they tried to decipher the latest twist in Gore's refusal to concede to President-elect Bush.

Gore filed an election contest Monday after Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris certified the state's final vote tally, giving Bush Florida's 25 electoral votes.

The contest is one in a bewildering – and ever growing – series of lawsuits which threaten the timeline for the inauguration.

Starting at about 4 p.m. Wednesday, spokesmen for the Gore campaign alerted news organizations that they would file a brief in the Florida Supreme Court by 7:30 p.m. They scheduled a news conference with lawyers for 8 p.m. Both events were called off about two hours before they were set to happen.

Instead Gore appealed Wednesday evening to the First District Court of Appeals. His lawyers sought to overturn an order from Circuit Judge Saunders Sauls denying an immediate recount of more than 10,000 disputed Florida ballots. They hoped to file in the state Supreme Court later Wednesday evening.

The delay came after Barry Richard, lead attorney for Bush, argued in Leon County Circuit Court that the Gore team was attempting to get an appeals court to approve a recount even though the lower court had not actually denied their request yet.

"We don't think there is a basis for a manual recount under any circumstances," Richard said after the hearing.

Jenny Backus, a Gore campaign spokeswoman, explained in a telephone call to UPI that lawyers were awaiting "certification" from the appeals court to file a brief with the state supreme court. Backus denied that the Gore legal team was attempting to sidestep Sauls' refusal to order the immediate recount of the ballots slated to be transported this week from Democrat-dominated Miami-Dade and Palm Beach counties under a heavily armed police escort.

"We're just waiting for certification from the appeals court, and we plan to go forward first thing in the morning," Backus said.

Sauls granted a request by Bush on Wednesday that would move about 1 million ballots from Miami-Dade and Palm Beach to Tallahassee before a hearing in Leon County Circuit Court on Saturday to maintain the integrity of the punch cards.

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