January 23rd, 2009
08:37 AM ET
6 years ago

Franken-Coleman trial to proceed

MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota (CNN) - The three-judge panel charged with overseeing the trial brought forth by former Republican Sen. Norm Coleman has denied Democrat Al Franken's request to dismiss that trial.

The trial is set to begin Monday and will now proceed as scheduled. Lawyers from both campaigns will be present at a pre-trial hearing and summary judgment Friday, which will set the groundwork for the trial period.


Filed under: Al Franken • Norm Coleman
soundoff (65 Responses)
  1. Ziggy

    payback is always fun

    January 23, 2009 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  2. proudliberal-independent

    it is unbelievable in these days that the rules of an election are not sound enough, to avoid endless court battles. a winner should have been announced when the votes were finished being counted. end of story. why should judges be able to decide any race? that's how we got stuck with bush!

    January 23, 2009 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  3. Jim from MN

    I've said this before and I'll say it again. Stop wasting my tax dollars, Norm! Go away and give me and my fellow Minnesotans our equal representation in the Senate. The manditory recount by law, and the recounting of the 950 ballots originally omitted from the vote, which you agreed on for inclussion, have shown Frankin to have the most votes.

    January 23, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. proudliberal-independent

    it is unbelievable in these days that the rules of an election are not sound enough, to avoid endless court battles. a winner should have been announced when the votes were finished being counted. end of story. why should judges be able to decide any race? that's how we got stuck with bush!

    post please

    January 23, 2009 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. CA Indie for Obama

    when coleman thought he won, he chastised franken for not conceding in order to save the MN taxpayers' $$. now that the shoe is on the other foot, coleman has decided to waste the taxpayers' $$. He is entitled to his day in court, but it shows his hypocrisy. hypocrisy, a concept not understood by welcome to the obama show, just like the rule of law.

    January 23, 2009 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  6. Eric M

    The scrutinizing of what constitutes a vote and what doesn't is shameful and an undermining of the democratic process. There have been outrageous examples shown in which votes are being judged inconsistently.

    Is an X on the circle a valid vote? Sometimes. Is a partially filled circle a vote? Sometimes not. In one example, a person made a dark circle between the two circles, and they attempted to decide who the vote was for based on how far a stray line crossed into one of the circles.

    To be quite frank, in a case like this which had additional candidates, they could resolve the situation very easily by having a runoff election.

    Regardless, I think federal officials need to establish standards for judging what does and does not count as a vote for all existing ballot types. It shouldn't be too tough to establish a handful of standardized ballot types, and create clearly defined rules as to what does and doesn't constitute a vote.

    January 23, 2009 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. Jane (Minnesota)

    C'mon, Norm – enough is enough of this foolishness. Former Republican gov Arne Carlson said you should drop this after the board certified the recount. Afterall, your lawyers watched the entire recount from day one & the board was made up of republican, democrat & independent members. What was wrong with the process other than you are 225 votes short? Stop the insanity & let us all move on. The only ones gaining from this are the lawyers – the taxpayers certainly aren't

    A disgusted Minnesota voter.

    January 23, 2009 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  8. Canuck

    go norm. fight the power.

    January 23, 2009 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  9. Concerned Democrat.

    Good ....let's hope JUSTICE wins in the end, whether that be a Democrat or a Republican.

    January 23, 2009 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  10. Frank

    Franken for president, he would have made a better persident.

    January 23, 2009 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  11. Paul

    Let's see if the law can control the fraudulent counts, but I doubt it. Everything is stacked on Franken(stein)'s side so far.

    January 23, 2009 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. flyer

    Jeff
    There were many reports of this happening. You just missed them.

    January 23, 2009 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  13. Laverne

    This is ridiculous. When Norm Coleman thought he had won the race, it was a totally different story with him and now that the recount did not go in his favor, he's having a temper tantrum. He is not doing this in the best interest of the Minnesota people, but rather thinking of only himself. He already have legal problems right now from wrong doings and now have the audacity to try and make the state spend more money on a race he has already lost. He is already a loser in my book!

    January 23, 2009 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. Task

    Why is it that democrats claim they want every vote counted, but as soon as counting those votes could hurt them, they call it a waste of taxpayer dollars and insult people like Coleman?

    January 23, 2009 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. Bill Traywick Jr

    Mr Coleman has lostTwice,he dosent have the votes andhes not going to have the votes.Take
    your lose and learn
    what the people want and you may win next time.But
    for now give it a rest,you lost,get a
    life,and let al get
    to work like the
    voters want.looser.

    January 23, 2009 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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