January 23rd, 2009
08:37 AM ET
9 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. gopher

    There is no truth to the rumors that more votes were cast in certain precincts than there are registered voters. Please don't believe everything that you read. This was an extremely close election resulting in a lot of flying accusations. The reality is that a bipartisan canvassing board unanimously approved the recommendation to certify Franken as the winner. Minnesota law also provides for the right to challenge the certification which is exactly what Coleman is doing. So far, everything has been progressing exactly as prescribed under Minnesota law so everybody can take a deep breath and see what happens in the courts. Nobody has won and nobody has lost yet (although why Coleman has accepted another job before the process is over is a bit of a mystery to me).

    January 23, 2009 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  2. Robb

    I am offended as an American and a Minnesotan to see another election decided by a court. I thought "We the People" decided elections. Nowadays, if you don't like the results of an elecvtion all you have to do is sue until you get the results you want. When does the time come that we listen to the mandate of the people and not of a politically appointed court.

    January 23, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  3. Rose Budd

    Pride is expensive and citizens of Minnesota are paying for this.

    January 23, 2009 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  4. f kim

    Al Franken a Harvard grad has an I Q higher than anyone in any office .....but he does lean to the right

    January 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  5. Jackie in Dallas

    Let the rule of law decide the validity of the election. How refreshing. Minnesota actually has impressed me with the fact that they have processes and procedures in place to deal with this type of close election. I really doubt that the results will change, but all avenues will have been investigated and when Coleman starts to whine, at least the people of his state can turn him off.

    January 23, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  6. Chris

    If 2000 is anything to go by, Al Franken will get more votes, but Norm Coleman will win nonetheless.

    January 23, 2009 11:47 am at 11:47 am |
  7. worriedmom

    Guess Harry Reid and Franken will have to start looking in abandoned cars to see if they can find some more votes.......

    January 23, 2009 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  8. Jack

    I am a Conservative in a very Liberal state and do not have a voice in national elections. It is really sad that 50% of the voters in the state of Minnesota support a dispicable human like Al Franken who has publically stated that he "Hates" those "mother fuxxxn right wingers. More than likely we Conservatives will have a national representative who "Hates" us.

    Thank you Minnesota Democrats

    January 23, 2009 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  9. AB

    And so the "Democratic" process continues...

    January 23, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  10. Mari

    What a waste of money, indeed! Coleman should check his very large ego at the door, and be a gracious loser.

    January 23, 2009 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  11. jfs Memhis, Tn

    Why did Coleman pack up his Senate Office ???? Not sure that exudes confidence that he has won ???

    January 23, 2009 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  12. WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW!!!!!!!!!!!!


    January 23, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  13. Jeff

    Where are people getting the idea that there were any precincts that had more votes counted than voters who signed in to vote? I have seen no reports of this. Furthermore, if this were true, Coleman (and his lawyers) would be on the evening news every night saying this to everyone. The fact that this is not happening indicates to me that this rumor is just a rumor. But some people will latch on to any 'fact' they hear if it supports their party/candidate without any attempt at critical thought.

    Do you believe everything you read on the Internet? Do you believe everything you see on TV?

    January 23, 2009 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  14. Paul

    People posting that there were more votes for Franken (or anyone else, for that matter) than there were registered voters.

    Lessee here....

    The state election board certified the results.
    A judge certified the results.

    I suppose these two entities have been bought off.
    And Norm's not calling that out.


    January 23, 2009 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  15. Mary

    Al Franken is a joke and a total embarssment to all Minnesotans. He has NO experience, other than having a big mouth. If the roll were to be reversed and Colemen had move votes than registered voters in a precint, you'd all be screaming "Voter Fraud" and would also challange the results. Wake up people & remember it doesn't go both ways! This is why we have laws to follow.

    January 23, 2009 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  16. Eric

    Fox News ran a good article regarding an independent study that was conducted on the manner in which ballots are being reviewed. It was amazing how much subjectivity went into determining if a ballot was acceptable or not, and how much inconsistency there was in ruling out ballots for Coleman while accepting similar ballots for Franken.

    Yes, most of the liberal lemmings will jus see the words 'Fox news' and assume it is not legitimate. But that is what makes them liberal lemmings, isn't it?

    January 23, 2009 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  17. JJ12345

    kim January 23rd, 2009 11:43 am ET

    Al Franken a Harvard grad has an I Q higher than anyone in any office …..but he does lean to the right
    Lean to the right, hopefully you are kidding.

    January 23, 2009 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  18. JJ12345

    Wayne, Greenville TX January 23rd, 2009 10:46 am ET

    I read somewhere else today that Norm Coleman has accepted another salaried job. Since he can't hols a salaried job while being a Senator, in effect he has conceded the election. This case should be dropped ASAP to save the taxpayers of Minnesota any more useless expenses.
    Since neither one is a Senator, where is the problem

    January 23, 2009 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  19. bill

    Oh, Coleman, go do something special for yourself like get your teeth buffed and polished and call it a day.

    January 23, 2009 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  20. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Gee Dems, what happened to the 'count every vote' chant? I guess that's only when you're behind.

    January 23, 2009 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Larry from RI

    Voter fraud my butt – Coleman lost and it is hard to believe that the results of this trial will offer a different outcome for whiny Norm Coleman.

    When that happens do you think the shrill right wingers will accept that?
    Probably not because according to Forrest Gump – "stupid is as stupid does"

    B'BYE Norm

    January 23, 2009 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. My how the worm has turned

    Hahaha. Republicans crying about a stolen election? Excuse me while I LOL.

    Why don't you follow your own advice and get over it?

    January 23, 2009 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  23. Roy

    Funny.................. Republicans will elect Arnold out in CA, and that's OK, but if an entertainment figure they don't like runs for office, suddenly he's not qualified even though he's been in politics for years.
    I am happy with the way MN is handling this, let the process work....
    Just because the result is not what you would like, don't blame the process. Bush's victory in 2000 without a majority was 'really' stealing an election......this Senate race is not in THAT category for sure.

    January 23, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  24. Jane

    I am SO TIRED of the show – C'mon, Norm – your lawyers (as well as Franken's lawyers) watched every ballot being recounted by a canvassing board that included a supreme court justice, republican, democrat & independent membership. What wasn't proper in this whole process - Oh yeah – I forgot – your vote total is less than Franken's – so you want to stretch this out & make the lawyers that much richer & deny the voters of our state representation of 2 senators for however long the circus goes on. Looks to me like you are representing Norm & not the MN voters. Please, please, please let this ridicuous thing go & let's all move on. Former republican governor Arne Carlson thought you should drop it after the canvassing board certified the results do us a favor & listen to him.

    January 23, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  25. tom willis

    My view of Minnesota residents will be totally lost if Minnesota permits this "joker" Al Franken to steal this election. What a total sham!

    January 23, 2009 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
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