Justices defend Florida recount decision

  1. Justices defend Florida recount decision

    ...Rather than let the recount take place and leave state officials and possibly Congress to determine the outcome of the election, the court's five conservative justices decided to intervene.
    They eventually overturned a ruling of the Florida Supreme Court and halted the recount of the state's disputed election results 36 days after the voting. The decision effectively gave Bush Florida's electoral votes-and the presidency-by 537 votes....

    ...Legal scholars and the four dissenting justices have said the Supreme Court should have declined to jump into the case in the first place.
    In a decision made public on the evening of Dec. 12, 2000, the court said the recount violated the Constitution's Equal Protection Clause because Florida counties were allowed to set their own standard for determining whether to count a vote....