Franken vs. Coleman to Stretch at Least Into June
By Ben Pershing
The Senate will be short one member for at least five more weeks, as the Minnesota Supreme Court announced today that oral arguments in the state's contested election won't be held until June 1.
The court is preparing to hear the latest legal salvo from former senator Norm Coleman (R), who currently trails comedian Al Franken by 312 votes and has been battling in the legal system for the inclusion in the final tally of several thousand absentee ballots he says were improperly rejected. A three-judge panel ruled against Coleman last week, and now the Republican has appealed to the state's highest court.
In its schedule announcement today, the Supreme Court also laid out a timetable for each side to file its briefs and respond to the other's, beginning next week and lasting through May 15. Franken had asked for a more expedited schedule that would have called for oral arguments in early May.
Even if the state Supreme Court rejects Coleman's appeal, the Republican could choose to appeal all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Democrats have sought to pressure Coleman into dropping his challenge, so far without success.
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