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UPDATE ~ Florida Supreme Court Nader ruling - Democrats say appeal unlikely

[JURIST] As noted in an earlier bulletin in JURIST's Paper Chase, the Florida Supreme Court ruled 6-1 late Friday that Ralph Nader can appear as the Reform Party candidate on the Florida ballot in the November Presidential election, ending two weeks of uncertainty and conflicting court decisions. An attorney for the Democrats stated that they would most likely not appeal the decision. The primary issue in the case was whether the Reform Party, formed in 1995, was a bona fide national party. The majority opinion grappled with whether to strictly or broadly interpret the terms "national party" and "national convention" in the state law. "In the absence of more specific statutory criteria or guidance from the Legislature, we are unable to conclude that a statutory violation occurred," the court wrote. See the full opinion here [PDF]. The Florida Supreme Court maintains an on-line file of all the briefs and documents in this case [PDFs]. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the story from today and earlier in the week. AP has more.

UPDATE: A Denver, Colorado judge ruled on Friday that Nader can be on the ballot in that state after the Colorado Democratic Party sought to remove his name for not complying with state laws. Reuters has more.

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