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Send In the Lawyers

Wednesday, 08 November 2000 12:00 AM

I have been a lawyer, right here in Florida, for 24 years. I and the rest of us have seen the artful dodging, the lawyering license, of this White House's lawyers in the protracted Lewinsky affair. The residue of that experience should serve as a primer, a wake-up call after this longest of electoral nights, informing us what will follow the automatic recount of the votes in Florida.

The call from Gore will be this: Send in the lawyers.

If Bush wins the Florida recount, which he should do, Gore will get this thing into the court system, state or federal, that he and his barrister henchmen think will be most favorably predisposed to challenge counting procedures, poll watchers' complaints, and voting irregularities that might provide a technical wedge to challenge the entire voting process in Florida.

In the litigation phase of the Elian affair, a Florida lawyer by the name of Janet Reno, in league with the president's impeachment counsel, Greg Craig, similarly, and improperly, got the matter into federal court when both Al Gore and George W. Bush said it should be decided in state court, where Elian would have prevailed. This "forum shopping," with the stakes immeasurably high, will go on now, again in Florida, big time.

The Democrats have already tipped their hand. The Florida attorney general, a Democrat and longtime political crony of Janet Reno by the name of Bob Butterworth, has already said that he will decide for Florida, and the nation, what should be done after the "first recount." So the Democrats have their insider within the state system, ready, willing and able to thwart whatever Florida Governor Jeb Bush might decide to do.

This means it ain't over until the Democrats and their lawyers say it is over.

Does anyone think that Al Gore, his entire life flashing before him, a law school dropout who has said there is "no controlling legal authority" that binds him on campaign fund-raising illegalities, is going to be bound by propriety in this situation?

No, Gore will be bound only by the desperate inventiveness of his legal beagles. He will not be bound by the precedent of Richard Nixon in 1960 letting the theft of Illinois go unchallenged in a court. Gore will challenge everything.

His beagles are right now on the scent. They smell blood. There will be a lot more blood and a lot more for all of us to smell before this is over, hopefully before January 20, 2001.

And by the way, the lawyer officially charged with investigating Democratic vote fraud officially alleged yesterday by the Broward County Republican Party and reported here first on NewsMax.com, is a lawyer by the name of Janet Reno.

Janet Reno has never investigated Democratic vote fraud.

Folks, it's going to come down to this: Gore's lawyers, in league with Attorneys General Butterworth and Reno, pitted against George W. Bush and his legal team. Here's one lawyer hoping Bush's lawyers are more like Greg Craig than Ken Starr.

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I have been a lawyer, right here in Florida, for 24 years. I and the rest of us have seen the artful dodging, the lawyering license, of this White House's lawyers in the protracted Lewinsky affair. The residue of that experience should serve as a primer, a wake-up call...
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