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O’Connor: Maybe SCOTUS should have declined cert in Bush v. Gore

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bush-gore-dec13-jpgBy Debra Cassens Weiss | ABA Journal

Retired Justice Sandra Day O’Connor is having some second thoughts about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to grant cert in Bush v. Gore.

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune editorial board, O’Connor said the court may have been wrong to accept the case involving the disputed vote count in Florida in the 2000 presidential election. The court’s decision effectively paved the way for George W. Bush to become president.

“Maybe the court should have said, ‘We’re not going to take it, goodbye,’ ” O’Connor said.

The retired justice told the Tribune that the case “stirred up the public” and “gave the court a less-than-perfect reputation.”

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