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Judge Refuses To Stop Handcount

November 13, 2000

MIAMI (AP) _ A federal judge on Monday refused to stop hand recounts in scattered counties in Florida, rejecting a Republican lawsuit.

U.S. District Judge Donald Middlebrooks said the question of halting recounts is not a matter for federal courts and properly belongs in state court.

``While I share a desire for finality, I do not believe it is served″ by involving a federal court, he said after hearing arguments from lawyers representing George W. Bush and Vice President Al Gore.

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