ABC Evening News for Friday, Dec 01, 2000
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The issue before the United States Supreme Court regarding whether the Florida supreme court exceeded its authority in extending deadlines for recounting votes in the presidential election between Vice President Al Gore and Governor George W. Bush introduced; details given of specific questions asked by the justices.
(Supreme Court: Jackie Judd) The Supreme Court hearings reviewed; scenes shown of protesters outside the court; courtroom sketches shown. [Voices of Bush lawyer Theodore OLSON, Justices Sandra Day O'CONNOR, Ruth Bader GINSBURG. William REHNQUIST, Florida lawyer HANCOCK, Gore lawyer Laurence TRIBE, Justices Antonin SCALIA, Stephen BREYER(with transcription of screen) - discuss the case concerning the Florida supreme court.] (Artist: Carole Kabrin)
(Studio: Charles Gibson) Interview held with ABC News legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin about the Supreme Court hearings. [TOOBIN - outlines the issues raised in the Supreme Court; suggests a narrow ruling supporting the Gore position is the most likely.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) Interviews held with ABC consultant law professor Steven Gey and ABC News political analyst George Stephanopoulos about the legal and political impact. [GEY - outlines what would happen if the Supreme Court decides not to rule on the case; says the action is really in the state supreme court.] [STEPHANOPOULOS - says if the Supreme Court goes for Bush, it would be a near-fatal blow for Gore; states that Gore still has three big hurdles if the court does not take the case.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) Two defeats for Gore before the Florida supreme court introduced.
(Tallahassee: Aaron Brown) The court decisions on the butterfly ballot case and the Gore call for the vote recount to begin now reviewed; scenes shown of the ballots trucked to Tallahassee; details given of the Bush camp's legal arguments regarding ballots standards and recounts. [Republican Party attorney Ben GINSBERG, Gore campaign attorney Ron KLAIN - comment on the legal cases.]
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