from the Chicago Tribune, an interview with former Supreme Court Justice, Sandra Day O'Connor
What a different world we would be living in.O'Connor questions court's decision to take Bush v. Gore
Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor hasn't given much thought to which was the most important case she helped decide during her 25 years on the bench. But she has no doubt which was the most controversial. It was Bush v. Gore, which ended the Florida recount and decided the 2000 presidential election. Looking back, O'Connor said, she isn't sure the high court should have taken the case.
"It took the case and decided it at a time when it was still a big election issue," O'Connor said during a talk Friday with the Tribune editorial board. "Maybe the court should have said, 'We're not going to take it, goodbye.'"
The case, she said, "stirred up the public" and "gave the court a less-than-perfect reputation."
Bush v. Gore will be debated for many years to come.