January 7th, 2009
11:59 AM ET
14 years ago

MN chief justice recuses himself from Coleman contest

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/07/art.getty.n.coleman.jpg caption="Rep. incumbent Norm Coleman filed a lawsuit Tuesday contesting the recount results."]MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson has recused himself from appointing the panel of three judges who will preside over the post-election proceedings resulting from the lawsuit filed Tuesday by former U.S. Sen. Norm Coleman.

Magnuson was one of four judges chosen by Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to join him at the helm of the recount on the state's canvassing board.

Kyle Christopherson, a spokesman for the Minnesota state courts, said in a Wednesday statement that "the next senior justice, Associate Justice Alan Page, will decide how to fill the panel. He added that there was no information available about when that will happen.

Coleman and his lawyers maintain an accurate count was not completed by the canvassing board, and they are rejecting the tally signed by Ritchie on Monday that gave Al Franken a 225 vote lead.

"Not every vote has been counted, and some have been counted twice," Coleman said at a press conference Tuesday.

The lawsuit was brought in Ramsey County District Court. Coleman attorney Fritz Knaak has said a trial could postpone the official election certificate, which would be signed by Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty, for another two months.

Filed under: Al Franken • Minnesota • Norm Coleman
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. rbn alexandria, mn

    When a board of State elected members,employee's,majority of Minnesota voters (could happen in any state) make a decision the thing for the elected representive of that State to do is abide by it. Unless the case is he or she believes some votes got flushed down the toilet in which case he or she may hire a team with his or her own money to go look for them. Thank you. Next.

    January 7, 2009 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  2. mARGE

    Excuse me..to the person who said the supreme court that appointed bush president was a democratic majority sure doesn' know much about his country. THERE WERE FIVE REPUBLICANS. And four democrats...The repubs were,,,1-O'Conner, 2- Thomas, 2=Scalia, 4 -Kennedy and the 5- chief justice who was a drug addict and died shortly thereafter, I forgot his name. But if you google you can find it...that sure makes five to four in my count.

    January 7, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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