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On December 12th, 2000, in a 5-4 decision, the U. S. Supreme Court put an end to the recounting of presidential votes in Florida, thus assuring that George W. Bush would win the election. This action by the Court's majority, argues trial lawyer and bestselling author Bugliosi, was a "judicial coup d'‚tat" that stole the election from U.S. citizens and simply handed the presidency over to the Court's guy, a conservative Republican like themselves. It was also treasonous, asserts Bugliosi, if not by statute it does not fit the legal definition of treason at least in spirit; the five justices are "criminals in the very truest sense of the word," he says, who have exhibited "the morals of an alley cat." The Florida recount, claimed the Court, was invalid because it violated the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment; as different counties used different methods for determining voter intent, voters were being treated unequally. Bugliosi argues, in precise yet accessible language, on page after page, that this justification does not stand up to scrutiny; that it is an incorrect and unprecedented use of the equal protection clause, feebly applied and argued, and was simply the best excuse the Court majority could come up with. Bugliosi, perhaps best known as the author of Helter Skelter, often writes with the subtlety of a professional wrestler, but here he diverges from much of the outrage that passes for political commentary these days by backing up his bluster with careful legal analysis. The results which, Molly Ivins calls "the modern equivalent of `J'Accuse' " are troubling and fascinating. (June 1)Forecast: This originated as an article in the Nation that brought in more letters than any piece in the magazine's history. There are still a lot of disgruntled Democrats out there who will welcome this biting critique, so expect lively sales and lots of media controversy. Also, on June 18, Oxford University Press will publish Alan M. Dershowitz's take on the Supreme Court decision, Supreme Injustice.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

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Bugliosi (Outrage: 5 Reasons Why O.J. Simpson Got Away with Murder), a former Los Angeles County prosecutor whose most famous trial was the Charles Manson case, uses passion and argument to establish that the U.S. Supreme Court unlawfully chose George W. Bush as president of the United States on December 12, 2000. This brief book affords the author many opportunities to express outrage about the 5-4 Bush v. Gore decision, which he believes was a tragedy for both the U.S. Constitution and democracy. He criticizes the judicial standards and constitutional logic of the Court's five conservative justices, seeing them as morally culpable and claiming that their behavior endangers essential constitutional freedoms. Further, he argues that their interpretation of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses of the Fourteenth Amendment was not founded in solid legal principles. His polemical arguments often move between a wide variety of disparate ideas and topics. Bugliosi's claims about the outrageous nature of the Court decision are quite different from diverse journalistic and scholarly analyses found in other current works, such as editors E.J. Dionne Jr. and William Kristol's Bush v. Gore: The Court Case and Commentaries (LJ 4/1/01). Selected public libraries may choose Bugliosi's trade paperback book for this alternative perspective. Steven Puro, St. Louis Univ.
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  • Series: Nation Books
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Nation Books; 2nd Paperback Edition edition (May 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 156025355X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560253556
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.4 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (230 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #599,343 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Vincent Bugliosi, prosecutor of Charles Manson, lives in Los Angeles, California. He is the author or co-author of many books, among them the #1 best-sellers Helter Skelter, And the Sea Will Tell, and Outrage; plus Four Days in November, The Prosecution of George W. Bush for Murder, No Island of Sanity, The Betrayal of America, Lullaby and Good Night, Shadow Of Cain, Till Death Us Do Part, Drugs in America, and The Phoenix Solution.

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During the nation's plodding attempt to resolve the election, I paid attention day and night to the news. I downloaded and read many of the legal papers. Nothing fazed me, and I lost much sleep in my eagerness to hear and read more. But when the Supreme Court's opinion was released, I downloaded it, searched for the parts to which NBC news reporters had pointed as key, read them, and went into shock.
Realizing that, if the candidates had been reversed, the opinion would not have been the same, I attributed the contrived arguments to the ravages of unconscious bias. Unwittingly, I had assumed without evidence that, as justices of the Supreme Court, the Five would not abuse their positions knowingly to appoint a U.S. prime executive.
Then "The Nation" published Bugliosi's "None Dare Call It Treason" and distributed it over the Internet. I read this essay on-line and realized my error. Throwing off my unwarranted assumption that the bias had to have been unconscious, and retaining what else I already knew from my studies, I came to the same conclusion as Bugliosi: that the Five had committed a deliberate act of perfidy.
"None Dare Call It Treason" has been spreading among Americans for but a short while. Now in book form, as "The Betrayal of America", the essay's distribution will increase many times over, and perhaps many other readers will be able to cast aside the one assumption that blocks their most rational conclusion. This document will outlast the terms of the Five and become historic as one of the most useful things said publicly, at the time, about the Five's unfathomable imposition. This essay will not go away.
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That's right, folks: Vincent Bugliosi is a Republican. Or was, last time I looked.
But he is one of the few Republicans in the nation with the guts to say, out loud, what we all know: The GOP, with the help of the GOP members of the Supreme Court, STOLE THE 2000 ELECTION.
In proof after proof after proof, Bugliosi takes a sledgehammer to the SCOTUS' ruling in Bush v. Gore, and also to the myth of the "unbiased, apolitical" Supreme Court. (In one of the book's more chilling passages, Bugliosi demonstrates beyond any reasonable doubt that William Rehnquist, out of sheer naked partisanship, committed perjury in order to get onto the SC, and again in order to become Chief "Justice". As Bugliosi says, Rehnquist should be making license plates, not running the nation's highest court.)
How long will the quisling Republicans be allowed to run roughshod?
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In this book, America's finest prosecutor explains the legal reasons why the Supreme Court's December 12, 2000 decision is the worst crime ever perpetrated against our country. Americans watched aghast as the Supreme Court blatantly destroyed the very foundation of our democratic republic. Bugliosi dissects this decision, peeling it apart layer by layer as one would a rotten onion. He puts words and sound legal reasoning behind Americans' gut response of supreme betrayal on that day.
Over 700 law professors from across the country, including conservative supporters of Robert Bork, protested this decision in a petition published in the New York Times. This is not a partisan issue.
Bugliosi's article in "The Nation" was entitled "None Dare Call It Treason." Perhaps it is time we called it like it is.
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Unfortunately too many people are going to see this book as a partisan thesis in support of Gore and against Bush. Although Mr. Bugliosi is clear and up front about the fact that he would prefer Gore to Bush, that is not what "The Betrayal" is about.
What Bugliosi does, simply, is put forth with irrefutable logic how the Supreme Court stole the election for their favored candidate. The evidience is clear from their own self contradictions, lack of support in law, and bizzare conduct, which mainstream media is far too timid and/or superficial to properly report.
Most of the content has shown up on The Nation's web page under the title "None Dare Call it Treason," and this edition fills out the basic text with footnotes. You can read that if buying this volume is too much of a burden.
My favorite line, which is in response to those very confused souls that thought the Florida Supreme Court was trying to steal the election and the noble U.S. Supreme Court merely stopped them, is as follows (paraphrased): You do not steal an election by wanting all the legal votes counted, which is what the Florida Supreme Court wanted. You steal an election by stopping the counting of all legal votes, which is exactly what the U.S. Supreme Court did.
Tough to get around that kind of logic, although many try.
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Mr. Bugliosi has written a book that should be read by every American.
If you are of the opinion that the election of 2000 was a testament to the ultimate power of the individual voter, then you are misguided. This book outlines with irrefutable evidence that the Supreme Court silenced the American Voter when 5 justices handed down their decision and decided our future president. Mr. Bugliosi is never more accurate than when he states the election of George Bush was a "judicial coup d'etat," perpetrated by self-serving justices who held their own beliefs over the laws they were sworn to uphold.
It would also be easy to dismiss this book as having a liberal agenda. However, Mr. Bugliosi is a Conservative and shares this opinion with many other legal scholars who are Republicans as well as Conservatives. This book is about uncovering the truth as to what happened when the Court made their decision.
I cannot recommend this book enough. If you care about your country, then you need to understand the events of this period. Though we are powerless to change that miscarriage of justice, hopefully, because of books such as this, it will never be permitted to happen again.
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