January 23rd, 2009
03:40 PM ET
9 years ago

MN Senate trial to begin Monday

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/06/art.getty.coleman.jpg caption="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. Pog

    Palin-Coleman Now that's funny!!
    And a Democratic dream come true.

    January 23, 2009 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Lilly

    karen – Phoenix, So, you would rather have a cheater and liar represent you.

    January 23, 2009 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  3. I Can't Wait for Obama's Second Inauguration

    JJ @ 451: Homeschool recess is over.
    And its FRANKEN, not FRANKLIN, you twit.

    January 23, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  4. I Can't Wait for Obama's Second Inauguration

    Fred @ 459: Who is COLMAN? (another refugee from home school)

    January 23, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  5. Proud American

    What is it with republicans, why is it when they lose they never go away? Does Coleman expects the federal courts to override the will of the people? Coleman I hear 7-Eleven is hiring Surplee machine operators and you would be great at it.

    January 23, 2009 05:21 pm at 5:21 pm |
  6. Bob

    The irony here is that if Coleman didn't switch political parties in 1998 from Democrat to Republican he probably would have been the Democratic candidate and easily have won this Senate race.....Oh well Norm, you lose again......

    January 23, 2009 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  7. Melissa B ~ California

    Coleman is a certified loser and is wasting the taxpayers money for his own self-interests.

    January 23, 2009 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  8. Willy Brown

    Get'em Norm!

    January 23, 2009 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  9. TexAnnie *-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*-*

    richard– show me just where Franken got more votes than voters. I have looked at every single precinct's results, and your statement has absolutely NO basis.

    Steve– tell me just when Franken sued. If you're talking about the "recount", that was STATE mandated because of the percentage of difference in the vote totals.

    j camar– if you want the courts to issue a fair ruling, I think you're probably going to see Franken declared the winner.

    JJ- don't understand your post. Coleman is the one suing.

    And to both JJ & Fred– it's Franken, not Franklin or Frankin.

    January 23, 2009 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  10. Chris - Denver

    Beyond calling the guy from the "other" side a loser and a cheater, does anyone know on what basis Mr. Coleman is contesting the results of the recount?

    January 23, 2009 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  11. Sharon

    All this is about is Coleman being pushed behind the scenes by a disgruntled Republican UnParty that lost in November. With Coleman they would retain some ability to maintain status quo instead of the United States MOVING AHEAD for once.

    Got it, Norm? GO AWAY!

    Hang in there Mr Franken. (NOT Mr Franklin. Idiots.)

    Wanna see the level of selfishness and greed by rank and file Republicans? Go read all the posts under Single Payer Health Care in CHANGE.ORG. Waaaaa!! WAHHHHH!! Thats all a CON is good for.

    January 23, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  12. Beverly, NYC

    The court should admonish both men for acting like children and make them each bear the cost of a special election.

    January 23, 2009 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  13. ED

    The election is in a recount. The ballots that are in question will be sorted out in the courts. After that, end the bickering. Let it go. It is amazingly sad the attitudes of the zealots on both sides. There is more maturity on a grade school playground.

    A vote this close means balanced governance is needed. Neither candidate will probably not get anything accomplished because the opposition will drag everything to a halt with a digusting amount of "boo-hooing". When are citizens going to get sick of this nonsense?

    January 23, 2009 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  14. Mike from Tacoma

    and if things don't go Coleman's way this time?

    January 23, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  15. Mark

    Hmmm, what goes around comes around... Gore 2000!!! Whatever the outcome, Coleman will come off as a sore loser – do the honorable thing like Gore and concede. It's over! Ironically, Franken has the last laugh!!!

    January 23, 2009 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  16. Reg

    How can America spout off how great we are when we can't manage
    our own Elections!? We monitor other Nations elections but can't
    operate a fair one here! Pathetic!

    Coleman a toliet-paper holder for bush come'on he had to go!
    Remember the opposite of terrible is Franken in this arena.

    It didn't matter who ran against Coleman he had to go!
    Losing power over the powerless at times can be worth suing over!

    January 23, 2009 05:40 pm at 5:40 pm |
  17. Move On!

    I thought Franken was 225 votes ahead of Coleman after all the counting and recounting? I guess Coleman didn't hear Hillary when she said "Every vote must count!" If you lost, you lost Mr. Coleman step aside and let Minnasota move on please! This has dragged on long enough to make both Franken and Coleman look like children having temper-tantrums!

    January 23, 2009 05:41 pm at 5:41 pm |
  18. barb

    Get a life Norm , get over it move on.....

    January 23, 2009 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  19. Meka

    Maybe they'll be ready by Nov. 4, 2012!

    January 23, 2009 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  20. Chris

    What part of "you lost" does Coleman not get. The recounts have carefully followed state law, have been conducted in a remarkably bipartisan, cordial manner, and disputes that occurred were settled amicably and by consensus. From my read of the situation, Coleman now wants to change the rules because they didn't yield the result he wants.

    Incidentally, I voted for Coleman. If this ends up in a revote, Coleman won't be getting mine just on the basis of his conduct during the recount.

    January 23, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  21. person

    "Kevin in Ohio" is spewing his usual Joe the Plumber dialogue on these blogs.

    January 23, 2009 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  22. person

    yes J Camar, the liberals are the ones who are the problem, they are the ones who screwed up the last 8yrs, they are the ones who want religion in government that divides people into factions.
    As history has shown when the conservatives take over the government it leads to the formation of taliban, hamas and the GOP party's favorite son, "W" !!!

    January 23, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  23. No Incumbents 2010

    I see, Libs only like due-process for terrorists.

    January 23, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  24. Proud Minnesotan

    As the Mn Secretary of State explained in his regular media updates, Minnesota law sets out a long and precise process for close and contested elections that includes supervised team recounts. When the recounts are completed, both candidates have the right to appeal to the court (the appeal is part of the authorized process). The state believes that every vote is sacred and great care should be taken to count all of them. Our process is the antithesis of Election 2000 in Florida where many voters were purposely or accidentally disenfranchised, recounts were halted, and other kinds of malfeasance occurred. It's good to get to the end but far better to do so carefully and ethically.

    January 23, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. KenM

    TexAnnie - Your points are well considered and on target. But I'm afraid you're wasting your time, trying to talk logic, facts and truth to a bunch of neo-nitwit sore losers. As you so cogently pointed out, their complaints hold little water, and in fact are the mindless twitterings from the worst kind of "liberals"......i.e. those people that are liberal with the truth and liberal with their unfocused, reactionary attempts to hold onto their rightwing fairytales in the face of its abject failure.

    These rightwing liberals represent the very thing they rail against when they badmouth liberals; but they are so clueless, they don't even realize it.

    Go Franken! That's one less senator whose nose was browned in an unsavory rightwing ceremony at the Bush WH.

    January 23, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
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