We thought that after the allegations of threats against puppies and the invocation of the image of a “urine-stained couch,” the Brooke Astor trial couldn’t get any uglier. Alas: Today, prosecutor Elizabeth Loewy opened her argument against Astor’s son Anthony Marshall with a horrifying, and yet strangely compelling, allegation: Marshall “literary pulled Ms. Astor out of the arms of her nurse,” said Loewy, the Post reports. Old-lady wrassling! That’s a worse crime than kitten juggling. [NYP]
Post-manual-recount Florida Senate **official** election results: Rick Scott (R) defeats Bill Nelson (D) by 10,033 votes.
The manual recount actually shifted the margin by 2,570 votes, which is more than twice as many as the previous record recount shift this century. The fact that Florida is a huge state helps, but that’s certainly notable.
25,543 fewer votes were cast in the Florida Senate race than governor’s race in Broward County. It’s possible—though by no means certain—that bad ballot design cost Bill Nelson his seat.