May 6
12:40 PM

Sandra Day O’Connor: Regretful?

Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor recently made headlines when she
expressed doubt over the Supreme Court’s handling of Bush v. Gore, the case that prevented a recount of Florida votes in
the 2000 election.  While O’Connor did
not indicate that she should have changed her vote, she suggested that perhaps
the Court should not have taken the case at all.  If the Court had not heard the case, the
decision of the Florida Supreme Court would have stood, resulting in a recount
of Florida’s ballots.  O’Connor now
reflects that "[i]t turned out the election authorities in Florida hadn't
done a real good job there and kind of messed it up. And probably the Supreme
Court added to the problem at the end of the day."  Ultimately, the former Justice now believes
that taking on the case and intervening in the political dispute gave the Court
a “less-than-perfect reputation.” [REG]

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