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  •  Want Justice? Want a FEMA job? FLA 2000 --> (none)
    Once again, it was the noble lawyers who helped in the good fight to STOP the Florida recount who landed top jobs from the Bush admin – at FEMA.
    We're seeing the disastrous outcome of these career jumps now in Sep. 2005 in the Gulf states.

    And the NEXT STOP for the Fla legal-eagle train:  the Supreme Court.
    Yes, John Roberts [SCOTUS nominee] was a big Florida player too.

          The case that Roberts helped to prep produced the notorious Dec. 12 Supreme Court decision, which famously ruled that a continuing recount somehow violates the "equal protection" clause of the Constitution (14th amendment) – because people would not have an equal right to have their vote re-counted, while neglecting to address that people did not have an equal chance of having their vote register and count from the first moment the ballots were cast.

    Lawyers Ted Cruz and Ben Ginsberg recruited Roberts, but no one can remember anything about what Roberts' contribution was or what briefs he worked on.  Ted Olson's recall on this is fuzzy, too.

    Oh, and beyond court prep, Roberts also met to advise Jeb Bush, despite public avowals that Jeb had recused himself from matters and decisions in the post-election drama. Now when an office holder recuses himself, isn't he supposed to let others in his government involve himself with the process?  Isn't that what recusal means?  Why did the Bush-Cheney election team, and Roberts specifically, meet with Jeb Bush post-recusal.

    The "equal protection" argument to end the recount (scroll) probably was the greatest abrogration of minority voting rights in decades.  Even if Roberts did not suggest or participate in that line of reasoning, he still should be questioned and remark on the judgment of the momentous SCOTUS decision.

    Minority interests matter — and they matter now.

    FLA recount 2000, Tallahassee.   The 1st stop en route to power and appointment.

    THESE ARE EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES.

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