Franken Gets Key Court Victory

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, Minnesota, Senate

And of course Coleman will appeal, but it’s looking more and more likely that we’ll be calling the former SNLer Senator Franken in the very near future.

From Star Tribune:

After a trial spanning nearly three months, Norm Coleman’s attempt to reverse Al Franken’s lead in the recount of the U.S. Senate election was soundly rejected today by a three-judge panel that dismissed the Republican’s lawsuit.

The judges swept away Coleman’s argument that the election and its aftermath were fraught with systemic errors that made the results invalid.

“The overwhelming weight of the evidence indicates that the Nov. 4, 2008, election was conducted fairly, impartially and accurately,” the panel said in its unanimous decision.

In rejecting Coleman’s arguments, the panel said the Republican essentially asked it to ignore Minnesota election requirements and adopt a more lenient standard allowing illegal absentee ballots to be counted.

Frankly, I don’t see what other legal rabbits Coleman can pull out of his hat at this point, and even conservatives are starting to call for him to quit. He has little recourse now than to try and get another recount, but the last one put him more in the hole so I’m not sure that’s a good idea.

So yes, it’s time for Coleman to accept defeat and hang it up. Otherwise he’ll kill his chances to challenge Franken in the next election.

More soon…


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2 Responses to “Franken Gets Key Court Victory”

  1. Simon Says:

    Well, I suppose it’s good to see that you tacitly rejecting the “count every vote” nonsense we were accosted with after Florida 2000, Justin. (“Count every vote” and “count every legal vote” are, of course, quite different standards.)

  2. Simon Says:

    Sorry, tacitly reject (tripped by a last second wording change).

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