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Supreme Court is about to have 3 Bush v. Gore alumni sitting on the bench

October 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

Judge Amy Coney Barrett, once confirmed, will be one of three current Supreme Court justices who assisted the legal team of then-Texas Gov. George W. Bush in the Florida ballot-recount battle that came down to a single vote at the Supreme Court.

(CNN)Judge Amy Coney Barrett, once confirmed, will be one of three current Supreme Court justices who assisted the legal team of then-Texas Gov. George W.

Bush in the Florida ballot-recount battle that came down to a single vote at the Supreme Court.

The court's December 12, 2000, decision cutting off Florida recounts tore apart the justices and the nation, and the case hovers in the air today as America approaches the November 3 presidential election.

Other current justices benefited from the decision giving Bush the White House over Vice President Al Gore, as they eventually became Bush appointees to the bench.

He helped prepare the lawyer who presented Bush's case to the Florida state Supreme Court and offered advice throughout.

After Bush became president, he nominated Roberts to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit (the Senate confirmed him in 2003); Bush then elevated Roberts to the chief justice position in 2005, to succeed William Rehnquist.

During his Senate confirmation hearing, Roberts declined to reveal his view of the justices' 2000 decision, saying a disputed election could come to the court again.

In an interview with CNN in Washington after the justices had heard oral arguments but before they ruled, Kavanaugh said the justices were concerned about "the arbitrary, standardless nature of the recount process in Florida. " He dismissed a question about political differences, saying, "I don't think the justices care if it's Bush v.

Bush appointed Kavanaugh to the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, where Roberts had first served.

Barrett wrote on the questionnaire she submitted to the Senate for her Supreme Court confirmation review, "One significant case on which I provided research and briefing assistance was Bush v.

Gore. " She said the law firm where she was working at the time represented Bush and that she had gone down to Florida "for about a week at the outset of the litigation" when the dispute was in the Florida courts.

Thomas, a 1991 appointee of Bush's father, President George H. W. Bush, also joined a concurring opinion with Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia, finding additional constitutional flaws in a Florida state Supreme Court decision that had allowed the recounts to continue.

He had been appointed in 1990 to the 3rd US Circuit Court of Appeals by President George H. W. Bush.

that sort of issue does not come before the Supreme Court again," Alito said, observing that controversy swirled not only around what the justices had decided but also whether they should even have taken up the case.

The Republican-controlled Senate never acted on her appeals court nomination, and the ruling in Bush v.

When Democrat Barack Obama succeeded Bush in 2009, he named Kagan US solicitor general and then in 2010 appointed her to the Supreme Court.

She had first been tapped to be a US district judge in 1992 by George H. W. Bush, then elevated to the appeals court by Clinton in 1998.

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