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Judge Impounds Ballots From Broward, Pinellas and Volusia Counties

Aired December 1, 2000 - 3:34 p.m. ET

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

LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: There has been a development in the Leon County circuit courtroom of Judge N. Sanders Sauls. He has impounded the votes, or the ballots actually, in Broward, Pinellas and Volusia counties, meaning essentially that no one can touch them. Right now, he's going over procedures for tomorrow's hearing on the ballot recount issue in his courtroom.

We're going to check out a little bit of this so you'll have more to chew on.

JUDGE N. SANDERS SAULS, LEON COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT: ... five minutes for somebody to go across the street or even down the hall. We're going to have a couple of witnesses right outside each time an additional witness is necessary so that we don't have -- we have minimal delay.

I wonder if we can discuss today also within these groups if there could be or is it feasible to try to ascertain if we can get some primary counsel designations with respect to examination of witnesses and presentation of any objections and arguments. And in that regard, objections that are made by one party will be deemed to have been made by all similarly situated parties unless disclaimed. And other counsel, of course, may succinctly I hope, and I emphasize succinctly, add any further grounds which will be considered on the same basis with respect to all other parties similarly situated.

And in addition, with respect to examination of witnesses, other counsel will be afforded, of course, the opportunity to conduct supplemental examination after the initial examination, direct and cross, has been completed, but that supplemental examination will be only on matters that are unique to their respective clients and will be with respect to subject matter that's not already been covered in prior examination. And redundant examination merely for emphasis will absolutely not be permitted under the time schedule that we will have to operate under.

And if I may hearken back with respect to what is going to be ordered for you to exchange on the -- I'm anticipated we're going to be able to do all this in one day, but this, if it happens to carry over to another day, on the morning of each trial you're going to exchange your order list for it'll be the order of the day, whichever party still has the floor and has the case. With respect to any depositions that any of you intend to utilize, your list is also going to have to indicate the portions of those depositions that are to be used and any, of course, any changes or any -- that have been made or have occurred from any prior designations that you furnished to each other.

Make a note: Before we leave here we need to discuss markup of exhibits, if there's some way that we can accomplish, prior to the commencement of trial for their utilization, for there to be some appropriate markup of exhibits so that we don't have to take time to do that.

And then I would like to suggest, and it's going to -- I think my order subject to hopefully some refinement from counsel, but it seems to me, with what we have to deal with and the time that we have, that we should have in the trial a presentation of evidence as grouped by issues we can categorize.

And then we'll have a presentation of evidence, first by the plaintiff and then by the defendants, in accordance with, with respect to the defendants, the rules I've already announced. And we'll do that on an issue-by-issue basis. And then, that way, we can take everything with respect to that category, and then we'll move to the next category.

And I suppose, within that category, I'll also hear, after the presentation of all the evidence, your closing arguments with respect to that -- that portion. You'll also -- also go ahead and present that in that sequence...

WATERS: Judge Sauls instructing the attorneys how things are going to go tomorrow in what he still says will be a one-day hearing on this ballot business. We understand that the Republicans are including 94 witnesses in all of this. We don't know how all of this is going to go, because we don't know all of the procedures, but we're going to sort through it all. And you'll be able to see the hearing live beginning at 9:00 a.m. Eastern. That's Florida time. Tomorrow, we'll have the whole thing for you here on CNN.

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