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Election 2000: Rulings in Two Absentee Ballot Cases DelayedAired December 8, 2000 - 1:49 p.m. ET
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NATALIE ALLEN, CNN ANCHOR: Well, no doubt there are people in Florida and the United States and around the world eager to hear what the outcome will in the Leon County Courthouse in about 25 minutes from now.
Let's check in with CNN's Gary Tuchman, who is there to give us a sense, Gary, if you can, about the pins and needles atmosphere that surrounds you there as we await this decision?
GARY TUCHMAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Well, first of all, Natalie, I just ran into in the hallway, Judge Terry Lewis. He is the judge in the Martin County case, and I asked him: Can you tell me anything about the decision? And his answer to me, not surprisingly, was to smile and to zip his lip.
But then he partially unzipped his lips when I asked him: Did you confer with Judge Nikki Ann Clark, the judge in the Seminole County case, as you said you might on the bench yesterday? And he told me: Yes, they have conferred. He wouldn't specify whether it was over legal points or logistical points, releasing this decision together, but the two judges in two very important cases did confer before finalizing their opinions.
We can tell you Judge Lewis' opinion is done, it is final, it is there. Judge Clark's is being edited. The final editing is being taken place right now, and lawyers from all sides in this case are just starting to arrive in the court administrator's office, where they will be told the decision before the rest of the world is. But we are still expecting, around 2:15 Eastern time, for the decisions in these very important cases to announced.
I can tell you that Judge Terry Lewis looked like the most relaxed man in the world when I just saw him in the hall. He certainly seems at peace with whatever decision he has made.
Natalie, back to you.
ALLEN: And so, again, the lawyers get to get the results in private before the rest of us?
TUCHMAN: This is very unusual, Natalie. Usually in a circuit court setting like this, everyone together would hear the decision in open court, or it be read by somebody, we'd all hear it at the same time. But they have very specifically said that they want these lawyers to find out from the court administrator -- they want the lawyers to find out before the rest of the world finds out on CNN. So they are giving them that courtesy, which is a rather unusual procedure.
ALLEN: All right, well, Gary, thanks, thanks for trying to talk with Judge Lewis there. Nice try, Gary. But I guess we'll have to wait with the rest of the world for that decision in about 20 minutes, 25 minutes for now.
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