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November 23, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD and BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Circuit Judge Jorge Labarga listened intently in his small Palm Beach County courtroom Wednesday as hard-charging Democratic and Republican lawyers sparred over what standards should be used to determine if a vote is valid. Then Lawrence A. Gottfried, a George W. Bush supporter who has sued to block a manual recount of votes, rose to address the judge. "You are probably at a crossroads of American history," Gottfried told the judge. "You may be making a decision that will be looked at . . .
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November 23, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD and BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Circuit Judge Jorge Labarga listened intently in his small Palm Beach County courtroom Wednesday as hard-charging Democratic and Republican lawyers sparred over what standards should be used to determine if a vote is valid. Then Lawrence A. Gottfried, a George W. Bush supporter who has sued to block a manual recount of votes, rose to address the judge. "You are probably at a crossroads of American history," Gottfried told the judge. "You may be making a decision that will be looked at . . .
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November 29, 2000 | MIKE CLARY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A conservative law firm that has invoked Florida's broad open-government laws to request access to all ballots cast in the presidential election began inspecting disputed votes Tuesday in Palm Beach County. A similar inspection was to begin Thursday in Miami-Dade County. The move incensed Democrats, who say the ballots are potential evidence in legal skirmishing underway in Tallahassee.
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November 28, 2000 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Florida Supreme Court agreed Monday to review arguments on whether it should consider a lawsuit seeking a second presidential election in Palm Beach County. The state's high court told lawyers handling the case to file papers by 5 p.m. today on "all issues in this case, including why this court should exercise its discretion" to hear it. If the Supreme Court takes the case, it would add yet another layer of uncertainty to the outcome of Florida's chaotic presidential election.
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March 11, 2001 | From Associated Press
Al Gore would have gained 784 votes in Palm Beach County if officials there had counted every ballot that had a hanging chad, pinhole or dimple, the Palm Beach Post reported Saturday. Had the Post's standard been used and its tally applied without any changes in counting procedures in Florida's 66 other counties, it would have been enough to erase George Bush's 537-vote victory margin in the state. In Palm Beach County's official 10-day manual recount, Gore had gained 174 votes.
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November 29, 2000 | MICHAEL FINNEGAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of voters on Tuesday urged the Florida Supreme Court to overturn a lower court's order denying their request for a second presidential election in Palm Beach County. The voters charged in court papers that more than 20,000 voters "were disenfranchised due to the confusing, deceptive and illegal 'butterfly' ballot" used by Palm Beach in the Nov. 7 election. But lawyers for Texas Gov. George W.
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November 16, 2000 | JEFFREY GETTLEMAN and SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Broward County officials reversed course--again--and Wednesday ordered a hand recount of the entire county, a move that Democratic Party operatives say could give Al Gore as many as 600 desperately needed votes. And 40 miles up Florida's east coast, a Palm Beach County judge tendered the Gore campaign a second victory by allowing ballots with "dimples"--those that are not perforated, but clearly indented--to be counted as votes.
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November 17, 2000 | HENRY WEINSTEIN, TIMES LEGAL AFFAIRS WRITER
Have Constitution, will travel. On Thursday morning, Erwin Chemerinsky, USC's peripatetic constitutional law professor, arrived at his office, just back from giving speeches to federal appellate judges in Atlanta and Austin, Texas. About 10 a.m. his phone rang. It was a Democratic lawyer inviting Chemerinsky to Florida for a hearing on whether a local judge has authority to order a complete revote there because of confusion over Palm Beach County's now infamous "butterfly ballot."
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November 18, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lawyers and political leaders who gathered Friday in a Palm Beach County Circuit courtroom delved into an argument buried by the debate over South Florida recounts: Whether the state's Constitution allows a second election if the first was botched beyond repair. The constitutional argument will not likely have an immediate effect, but it may ultimately lead to a new judicial ruling that could outlast both Al Gore and George W.
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November 23, 2000 | SCOTT GOLD and BOB DROGIN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
In another blow to Vice President Al Gore, a Palm Beach County judge eased county standards for deciding the validity of so-called dimpled ballots Wednesday but stopped well short of issuing an order that could move hundreds of disputed votes to Gore's column. The ruling by Circuit Judge Jorge Labarga further dismayed the Gore campaign, which was stunned earlier Wednesday by the decision in Miami-Dade County to abruptly end the manual recount of votes in Florida's most populous county.
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May 28, 2000 | From Associated Press
Scores of grieving children, parents and colleagues brought flowers and notes Saturday to the middle school where a popular English teacher was fatally shot on the last day of classes. In a courtroom across town, a judge ordered that 13-year-old Nathaniel Brazill remain in custody while a grand jury considers what charges should be brought against him in Barry Grunow's death. State Atty.
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