Patrick Condon, Published February 09 2009
Judges reject Franken complaint about how Coleman is pursuing caseST. PAUL (AP) – The judges in Minnesota’s Senate trial have overruled an objection from Democrat Al Franken over the way Republican Norm Coleman is pursuing his case.
Franken’s lawyers objected Monday that Coleman was making his case in an inefficient way – ballot by ballot.
Coleman is presenting evidence on about 4,700 rejected absentee ballots, hoping that judges will add them to the race tally.
Franken attorney David Lillehaug argued that Coleman’s attorneys aren’t following trial rules. Lillehaug said Coleman is supposed to identify in advance their argument for why an individual ballot should be accepted.
Judge Kurt Marben says Coleman can continue with his current approach. But Marben says the judges will meet with both sides to talk about ways to speed up the trial.
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