Election 2000: The Ball's In Sauls' Court

A week ago, Leon County circuit court judge N. Sanders Sauls was going about his business, hearing domestic-violence cases in nearby Wakulla County, when a computer randomly assigned him a colossal headache: the presidential-election contest that has since brought the eyes of the world into Sauls' courtroom. When reporters started scrambling to profile him, the judge didn't even have a resume to give them. Instead, he handed out a list of friends who could vouch for him. Among his hunting buddies: Dexter Douglass, the courtly Floridian who is one of Gore's lead lawyers. Douglass says he gets no breaks in Sauls'...

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