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Friday, December 8, 2000

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  • Florida Supreme Court to Make Key Ruling on Elections

    A fresh wave of possibly decisive court rulings is expected today in the battle for the White House, which is still unresolved more than a month after the election. The Florida Supreme Court will be ruling on a bid by the campaign of Democrat Al Gore to begin an immediate recount of 14,000 ballots from several Florida counties. They are seeking to overturn the official 537-vote lead that Texas Governor George W. Bush holds in Florida. Bush opposes the recount. [includes rush transcript]

  • Judges to Rule Whether to Invalidate Thousands of Absentee Ballots in Two Florida Counties

    Meanwhile, two Florida judges will rule over whether to discard 25,000 absentee ballots that lawyers say were tainted because Republicans altered election documents. In the two cases, affecting Seminole and Martin counties, judges must decide whether Republicans improperly filled in voter registration numbers on ballots that had already been cast and discarded, so that they could be counted as valid. If the judges rule the ballots should be discarded, it would give Gore a lead of thousands of votes. [includes rush transcript]

  • Who Is Bankrolling the Legal Battle for the Presidency?

    As the battle for the White House continues in several Florida courtrooms, both the Gore and the Bush camps are raising millions of dollars to cover the astronomical costs of their legal teams, composed of some of the nation’s most powerful attorneys. [includes rush transcript]

  • The Electoral College and Election 2000: A Historical Perspective from Howard Zinn

    It’s been 132 years since the Florida Legislature got this involved in presidential politics, but some things never change. The GOP majority wanted to send a Republican to the White House then, and it does now. [includes rush transcript]

  • Students Fight School for Contracting with Prison Shareholder

    Ithaca College students yesterday won a limited victory after staging a 34-hour sit-in to protest the university’s contract with Sodexho Marriott, the campus food contractor. Dozens of students occupied the Office of Admissions building to protest the corporation’s links to privatized prisons. Sodexho Marriott’s parent company, Sodexho Alliance, is a major shareholder in Corrections Corporation of America. [includes rush transcript]

  • Cointel Pro 25 Years Later: New York Settles with Former Black Panther who was Wrongly Imprisoned (Part 2)

    On the 19th of May, 1971, two New York City police officers were wounded in a burst of machine gunfire while standing guard outside the home of the Manhattan district attorney, Frank Hogan. Two years later, after two hung juries, a Black Panther leader, Dhoruba Bin Wahad, was convicted of the crime by a jury that deliberated for less than one hour. He was sentenced to 25 years to life. Nineteen years later, a court found that he had been convicted with fabricated evidence and he was released from prison. [includes rush transcript]