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Bush v. Gore Dissent

Supreme Court Decision



The dissent to the United States Supreme Court decision in Bush v. Gore on December 12, 2000, signed by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Octavo, [10]. Custom brown cloth folio, title in gilt over black morocco label on spine. This 10-page document includes the dissenting opinions of Justice Ginsburg, Justice Stevens, Justice Souter and Justice Breyer.

Signed in black pen on the front cover of the document.

Bush v. Gore (531 U.S. 98) was a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on December 12, 2000, which resolved the dispute over the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore. The Court’s 5-4 decision halted the recount of ballots in Florida, effectively awarding the state’s 25 electoral votes to Bush and securing his victory in the election. The decision centered on the Equal Protection Clause, with the majority opinion stating that the varying standards of recount procedures violated the equal protection rights of voters. In her dissenting opinion, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg disagreed with the majority’s application of the Equal Protection Clause, asserting that variations in recount standards were not sufficient grounds to stop the recount entirely. Her dissent highlighted the importance of judicial restraint and deference to state courts in election matters.

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[Washington, D.C.]


Supreme Court of the United States


Supreme Court Decision

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