To File Papers in Support of Green/Libertarian Recount!
Turning the Boat Around?
By Brad Friedman on 12/23/2004, 5:19pm PT  

A severe snowstorm at the Southern District courthouse in Ohio, which closed the building today, has evidently delayed the filing of papers by John Kerry in support of the ongoing Ohio recount by the Green and Libertarian parties. Reportedly, Kerry's filing will be made either tomorrow or Monday --- whenever the courthouse is next open for business.

The details of the filing were first reported this morning, prior to the courthouse closure, by William Rivers Pitt at

2004 Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry will file today, in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, papers in support of the Green Party/Libertarian Party recount effort. Specifically, Kerry will be filing a request for expedited discovery regarding Triad Systems voting machines, as well as a motion for a preservation order to protect any and all discovery and preserve any evidence on this matter.
Kerry's entry into this recount effort changes the math on this matter dramatically. He can likewise show irreparable harm, and unlike the Green and Libertarian candidates, he can also prove a substantial chance for success on the merits because he lost the Ohio vote by a statistical whisker.

It should be noted that Kerry's filing of these requests does not indicate his complete entry into the recount process, but does clearly indicate that he is moving decisively in that direction.

RAW STORY has been able to confirm with a source that "Kerry will engage in a new action" but was unable to report further details.

The BRAD BLOG has not yet been able to independently verify the Pitt report, but as it's a potentially notable development, and as folks are drifting away for the Christmas holidays, we thought we would make the information available at this time. We will, of course, be keeping an eye on these developments.

As well, there have been some further developments in the Clint Curtis story which we have been working on for much of the day, and which we hope to be able to report on later this evening (or tomorrow at the latest).

Please check back soon for news on those developments.