Watching coverage of a pro-Trump mob storm the U.S. Capitol today, I saw the U.S. Supreme Court in the background and thought back 20 years, when I was a reporter in ALM’s Washington office.

A month after the 2000 presidential election, I covered the scene outside the high court as the justices and lawyers inside argued over the law surrounding a recount effort in Florida. At issue was a 537-vote lead held by George W. Bush and Dick Cheney over Al Gore and Joe Lieberman.