January 23rd, 2009
03:40 PM ET
10 months ago

MN Senate trial to begin Monday

Republican Sen. Norm Coleman is contesting the canvassing board's decision to certify results of the Minnesota recount.
Republican Sen. Norm Coleman is contesting the canvassing board's decision to certify results of the Minnesota recount.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (CNN) – The three-judge panel overseeing former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman's post-election lawsuit announced at a pre-trial hearing Friday that the trial will commence "promptly" at 1 pm central time on Monday.

The judges said that starting Tuesday, the proceedings will follow a regular 9 am to 4:30 pm schedule, with an hour break each day for lunch, adding that they aim to make the process speedy as "there is some urgency to this matter."

Coleman is contesting the recount results, which gave Democrat Al Franken a 225 vote lead.

In an interview with CNN Wednesday, Coleman said that once the court finishes its business, he still anticipates a victory.


Filed under: Al Franken • Minnesota • Norm Coleman
soundoff (74 Responses)
  1. GM from MN

    Whats funny about this is Norm is now under invetigation.

    Norm only won the seat after a very popular dem senator was killed in an airplane crash a week before the last election.

    Norm beat a dead guy.

    January 23, 2009 06:06 pm at 6:06 pm |
  2. Blue is my favourite colour

    @ Fred: Palin-Coleman 2012?

    Are you talking about:

    1. Their wedding?
    2. Their divorce?
    3. Their political headstones?

    January 23, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  3. clifford

    If Al Frankin would have just accepted the results election night this would have been history!!

    January 23, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. proudliberal-independent

    they should throw the entire election commission in the slammer for not having the rules set up to where there is no question who won. in this day and age we cant do any better than this? the court should not have any authority in this matter. count the 'legal' ballots and announce the winner. what is so friggin hard about that?

    January 23, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  5. KATHLEEN

    How much is that going to cost the Taxpayers? Just give it up and
    get off the stage. You lost. They counted and recounted. YOU LOST!

    January 23, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. No Incumbents 2010

    I see CNN only likes anti-republican dribble.

    January 23, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. KATHLEEN

    How did Norm Coleman get in in the first place?

    January 23, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. Dawn

    What a sore looser, Loo...ser!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    January 23, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  9. Albo58

    What's amazing is that so many of the libs that swore Gore was ripped off in Florida and that Bush stole the election are now the same ones telling Coleman to give it up! Stone-cold hypocrites!!!

    January 23, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  10. tennisguypitt

    Oh, good lord.

    You lost, Coleman. Get over it please!

    January 23, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  11. Chris in Va.

    @ fred....So you're referring to others as "idiots" and "LOSERS" yet you end your little tantrum with "PALIN-COLMAN 2012"

    All I can say to that is WOW!

    P.S. You mis-spelled Coleman there genius.

    January 23, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  12. Um, Fred, use a dictionary

    Boy, you get the rightwing wackos out there who are still vexed about Bush being run out of town on a rail and Sarah Palin being sent back to Wasilla...Fred ( who wrote in this section) reminds me of Bush....inarticulate, bumbling and nonsensical....Evidently he is a big fan of "Colman" and does not like "Frankin". Hey Freddy, read a newspaper, or get a dictionary, and then maybe you can learn how to spell. You are the perfect republican. Thanks for reminding us how ignorant you folks are!

    January 23, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  13. Dennis Lee Hoffman, citizen of the world

    How about we all hold hands and allow Norm and Al be co-senators...

    January 23, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  14. Terry B.

    Typical Republican, if you can't win something fair then sue until you get your way....

    January 23, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. Ron , West Coast

    The sooner the trial begins, the sooner old normie will become closer to realizing he is no longer a US Senator......
    The sooner the trial is over, the sooner our senate will be more able to do, and perform the peoples business, for which they were sent to D.C., to do .

    January 23, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  16. philly

    they recounted, franken won. whats the issue?

    January 23, 2009 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  17. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    This guy looks like warmed over death.

    January 23, 2009 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  18. Bob

    Gee....Just like Florida 2000...each side "knows" their guy won!
    Raise your hand if you've ever been to Minnesota...
    Raise your hand if you've ever touched a Minnesota ballot...

    Hmmmm........NO HANDS!

    Let the process play out

    January 23, 2009 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  19. tmess2

    It's hard to tell what Coleman is claiming in his contest. He basically pleaded a couple of examples and then tossed in boilerplate saying that he didn't know where else there were problems but there must be problems so give him time to dig.

    The examples were the things that came up during the recount - rejected absentee ballots, unmatched duplicates/orginals, the lost ballot envelope in Minneapolis, the ballots found in election machines in other precincts.

    So far Coleman has failed to identify a precinct that had more votes than voters. There are precincts that had more votes during the recount FOR BOTH CANDIDATES than during the original count but that's because ballots which are rejected by the machines are counted during the recount.

    January 23, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  20. EVOLVE

    LIKE BUSH WON THE FIRST PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION – IF YOU CAN'T WIN FAIRLY TURN TO YOUR REPUBLICAN BUDDY'S ON THE COURT TO GET YOU IN OFFICE. CROOKED SYSTEM!!

    January 23, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  21. GuyInVA

    Please settle this already. No matter who gets in, half the country will think they stole the election. And no matter who gets in, that half of the country will probably be right! We'll never know for sure. Nice work Minnesota. This is your sacred voting process? Good Lord. You'd probably be better off letting them strip naked and wrestle. The winner would have more credibility when it's over.

    January 23, 2009 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  22. Susan in SC

    TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*, How old are you, dear? My son is a recent college graduate with a keen interest in politics and international affairs, he's nice looking (okay, I'm his mom, that could be a biased opinion), and truly nice guy. He could use a SMART woman like you! Please tell me you are under 25 and available! I wish more people would read, research, and know the facts before they post here!!

    January 23, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. jumbo

    disaster in mn..... two loosers ,,, but franken...ugh

    January 23, 2009 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  24. Nyla Ann

    Don't hold your breath that this will be over with this court contest because Coleman has already said that he is thinking about a federal court trial all the way to the Supreme Court. I predict this could be going on for months and months.

    January 23, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
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