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Florida Supreme Court to Hear Lawsuit Asking for Palm Beach County Revote

Aired November 28, 2000 - 7:04 p.m. ET

THIS IS A RUSH TRANSCRIPT. THIS COPY MAY NOT BE IN ITS FINAL FORM AND MAY BE UPDATED.

JUDY WOODRUFF, CNN ANCHOR: Craig Waters, spokesman for the Florida Supreme Court, let's listen.

CRAIG WATERS, FLORIDA SUPREME COURT SPOKESMAN: Let me go through several matters that have happened today. We've had a lot transpire here, and I know you're all interested.

I wanted to tell you, first, that our clerk's office has been laboring under a very tight deadline. They are required to send a certified record of this case to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a while you may see a courier service pull up here to actually pick up the official record and drive off with it to take it to Washington, D.C., where it will arrive at the Supreme Court we hope tomorrow.

We are producing photocopies of the documents that were filed today. There are a large number of them, 11 in all. In about 15 minutes or so, we will allow people to line up and start to go through the doors. And remember, just get one copy each.

These documents are already on our web site, so those of you who have home offices, you can pull them down from the web site right now.

Today we have an additional certification from the 4th District Court of Appeal. The case was Julius (ph) and Lillian Katz (ph) versus the Election Canvassing Commission. This also involves, apparently involves balloting issues in Palm Beach County. The court has entered an order this afternoon saying that it will ask for simultaneous briefing on this case by 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

Let me stress again, as I did last night, the court has not accepted this case for review at the present time. That is a determination they will make once the briefs are in. The court has not decided to take the case, and for that reason we have made no attempt to schedule oral argument.

I've had some questions from you, I know many of you have seen on our web site that we have corrected the opinion in the presidential election case. These were technical corrections to deal with typos and minor problems, mis-citations; nothing of substance was changed.

There have been a number of requests by parties to file amicus briefs. These are friend of the court briefs by people who are not actually parties to the case. The court entered an order today saying it would not accept amicus briefs.

Nevertheless, we have had motions filed by some of the parties who want to file amicus briefs to waive that rule. The court has ruled on one of those cases and we may rule soon on another.

And I also can tell you that tonight the court will not take any further action on these two pending cases.

Any questions?

I am sorry, I can't hear you.

QUESTION: (OFF MIKE)

WATERS: Tom, do you want to come over here. I will let Tom Hall (ph) explain that to you. This is our clerk of court, Tom Hall.

TOM HALL, FLORIDA SUPREME COURT: I am sorry, what was the question?

WATERS: What's going to the Supreme Court?

HALL: The Supreme Court entered an order asking us to send them a certified copy of the record that was filed here. That would be all of the original pleadings, the briefs by the parties, all those sorts of filings and we had to send that, the order that we entered all of that sort of stuff. That has to be certified by us that it's a true copy, and then sent to the U.S. Supreme Court.

QUESTION: (OFF MIKE)

HALL: Right. That's the -- that record is the one in the Palm Beach County Canvassing Board versus Harris. Yes.

QUESTION: (OFF MIKE)

HALL: I will let Craig take that.

WATERS: Right. That case is still pending. The court has made no determination whether it will accept either of these cases that were filed, either the one yesterday or the one today.

QUESTION: (OFF MIKE)

WATERS: Right. Well, the one yesterday was, I believe...

WOODRUFF: Spokesman for the Florida Supreme Court announcing that the Supreme Court of the state of Florida will hear -- hold a briefing tomorrow, 4 o'clock Eastern Time, on a lawsuit brought by residents of Palm Beach County asking for a revote in Palm Beach County, based on what they claim is a -- an insufficient ballot, the so-called "butterfly ballot." Now, let's quickly go back to the courtroom in Tallahassee, where the Gore campaign is looking for expedited recounting of ballots in Dade and Palm Beach counties.

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