Charles T. Wells

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Charles T. Wells
Justice Charles Wells, Florida.jpg
Chief Justice for the
Florida Supreme Court
In office
1994 – March 3, 2009
Appointed by Lawton Chiles
Personal details
Born (1939-03-04) March 4, 1939 (age 78)
Orlando, Florida

Charles T. Wells (born March 4, 1939)[1] was a member of the Florida Supreme Court from 1994 until March 3, 2009, when he retired. He was appointed by Governor Lawton Chiles. He served as Chief Justice from July 1, 2000, until June 30, 2002. He is perhaps most noted for presiding over appeals brought to the Court as part of the dispute over Florida's electoral votes in the U.S. presidential election, 2000, which were broadcast live to a worldwide audience. Wells dissented from the majority opinion that ordered a recount to decide the presidential election.[2] He is the author of Inside Bush v. Gore, which was released in April 2013, which is the first book to be published by one of the judges at the center of the Bush v. Gore controversy.[3]

He graduated from William R. Boone High School in 1957. Wells received his bachelor's degree from the University of Florida in 1961 and received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law (now named the Levin College of Law) in 1964.


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  2. ^ "Northwestern Law". Northwestern University. 2002-02-14. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  3. ^ "Inside Bush v. Gore Website". 

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