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Gore Makes Case in Top Fla. Court

December 7, 2000

Al Gore’s lawyer pleaded with a seemingly skeptical Florida Supreme Court on Thursday to order selective manual recounts that could revive the vice president’s fading quest for the White House. George W. Bush looked to the state’s justices to finally count his rival out.

``There is not a single shred of evidence to show that any voter was denied the right to vote,″ argued Bush’s lawyer, Barry Richard, adding that state’s highest court has no business stepping in and overseeing recounts.

One tumultuous month after Election Day, several of the court’s seven justices pressed Gore’s lawyer, David Boies, to explain why it would be proper to have manual recounts in some counties, but not statewide.

``I don’t think there has ever been a suggestion under state law that you should have a recount where it was not requested,″ Boies replied.

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