BUSH v. GORE
A NEW PERSPECTIVE
FROM FORMER FLORIDA SUPREME COURT CHIEF JUSTICE CHARLEY WELLS

A Non-Partisan View
From the Bench

For the first time, a judge inside the court that was at the center of the controversy describes what happened from Election Day up through the final U.S. Supreme Court decision. The book is unlike any other in that it gives readers the chance to put aside their partisan biases and consider the case from behind the bench as it raced its way through the courts.

CONSTITUTIONAL CLOCK

This first hand account highlights one of the most overlooked issues at the heart of Bush v. Gore -- the legal deadline for deciding the President in a contested election. Even if more time would have allowed for a more precise vote count, the clock had run out.


THE U.S. SUPREME COURT'S INTERVENTION

Justice Wells candidly discusses the role of the U.S. Supreme Court. He puts a new focus on the first of the two U.S. Supreme Court decisions and the ramifications of this intervention in the middle of the controversy.


​​THE DEBATE REFRAMED

This book reframes the debate over Bush v. Gore by deemphasizing partisan politics and the question of whether the U.S. Supreme Court overreached. Instead, it focuses on what the controversy really was: a series of court cases where the party who had lost the original count either did or did not successfully challenge the original vote count within the federal deadline and within a morass of inconsistent state laws.





*All videos are clips from Gavel to Gavel Video Portal, which contains archives of Florida Supreme Court arguments located at http://www.wfsu.org/gavel2gavel/index.php
Former Chief Justice Wells begins
Court on November 20, 2000  
(50 seconds).*
ADVANCE PRAISE
INSIDE BUSH V. GORE



​“The Bush v. Gore legal challenge constituted the perfect political and legal storm. Thankfully, Charley Wells sheds his black robe to give readers an easy-to-read, insider’s account of the personalities, politics, and legal concerns involved in that landmark case.”

—Robert Watson, author of Counting Votes



“Chief Justice Wells has written a riveting inside account of the Florida Supreme Court’s actions during the disputed 2000 presidential election. A must-read for students of the Bush v. Gore fiasco.”

—Richard L. Hasen, author of The Voting Wars



“A must-read for jurists, political scientists, historians, and others interested in understanding how the Florida Supreme Court reached its decisions in the disputed 2000 presidential election.”

—Lance deHaven-Smith, author of Government in the Sunshine State