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Gore Responds to Bush Supreme Court Petition

Thursday, 23 November 2000 12:00 AM

The 32-page brief argues that the high court should not interfere with a task that has been constitutionally delegated to the state of Florida, and questions whether the Florida Supreme Court's interpretation of state law really presents a substantial federal question for the U.S. Supreme Court to review.

The brief also contests the Bush assertion that Florida's recount process violates the U.S. Constitution. It concludes by arguing that the U.S. Supreme Court's involvement will have an adverse effect on the outcome of the election.

"This court's interference with the normal processes by which questions of state law are resolved, and indeed, with the ongoing processes by which the President and Vice President of the United State are chosen, would only diminish the legitimacy of the outcome of the election," the brief says.

Republican presidential hopeful George W. Bush filed a motion Wednesday in the U.S. Supreme Court in an effort to overturn the Florida high court's decision that hand-counted ballots must be included in the state's final tally of votes cast in the presidential election two weeks ago. Bush, in his petition, argued that the Florida Supreme Court's decision violated provisions of the U.S. Constitution.

The petition also asked the U.S. Supreme Court to determine whether the state court's decision is inconsistent with a constitutional provision that electors shall be appointed by each state "in a manner as the Legislature thereof may direct."

The Bush petition must be considered by the full court, with votes of four justices required to succeed.

It was unclear Thursday night when the Supreme Court might act.

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