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In this NBC News special report, NBC's Dan Abrams and Pete Williams are on the steps of the Supreme Court as the ruling in the landmark case Bush v. Gore is released.
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"Supreme Court Releases Ruling on Bush v. Gore." Dan Abrams, Pete Williams, correspondent. NBC News. NBCUniversal Media. 12 Dec. 2000. NBC Learn. Web. 1 August 2015.
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Supreme Court Releases Ruling on Bush v. Gore
Announcer: This is an NBC SPECIAL REPORT, BATTLE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE.
Here is Tom Brokaw.
TOM BROKAW, anchor:
Good evening, everyone.
It is 10:00 on the 12th of December, the year 2000. The US Supreme Court has just released its ruling in one of the most important decisions it will make in its modern history. We are told it is effectively a split decision. It has reversed the ruling of the Florida Supreme Court, which started the recount again in the state of Florida. But it has remanded this case back to the Florida Supreme Court for further proceeding. That could very well mean that it has instructed the Florida Supreme Court to come up with a better set of rules for conducting those vote recounts. As you'll recall, during the course of the oral arguments on Monday, there were many questions from the justices about the `equal protection under the law' provision of the US Constitution--that's the 14th Amendment. If the votes are counted in one county one way and not in another county another way, does that mean that one voter gets better treatment than another? Let's go to the Florida Supreme Court now. NBC's Dan Abrams and Pete Williams are just outside, and they're reading the ruling even as we go to them.
Pete, what do we know? Is this a split decision?
PETE WILLIAMS reporting:
Well, it would appear to be so, Tom. It's what's described as a percurium opinion, which means it's not signed by any single justice. However, we--we don't--we're looking now to see if there are dissenters and...
DAN ABRAMS reporting:
There are at least--I--I...
WILLIAMS: We know they're dissenting to certain parts of it. That Souter, Breyer, Stevens and Ginsburg joined part of the opinion and dissent in parts of it. Here is the order of the court. It says, "The clerk is directed to issue the mandate. The judgment of the Supreme Court of Florida is reversed." So that means that the Supreme Court's order which allowed for the manual recounts is wiped off the books. However, it says, "This case is remanded for further proceedings not inconsistent with this opinion."