Senate recount trial: Rejected voters have their day

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE and MIKE KASZUBA , Start Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: January 28, 2009 - 12:55 AM

On Day 2 of the recount trial, Norm Coleman's camp brought several people to court to insist their votes should have counted.

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mchlvrsnJan. 27, 0912:59 PM

Apparently Norm's entire legal team slept through their evidence class in law school and are political hacks rather than real trial lawyers. A first year law student would know better than to try and present this kind of evidence -- especially when there have been accusations of other doctored evidence. Drag this out a little longer Norm!! You'll be one of the least popular people in the history of Minnesota when you're done.

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swmnguyJan. 27, 09 1:00 PM

The panel has been meeting in closed session all morning working out how things are going to proceed. Word is they will be in open session beginning at 1:30 PM.

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johnnyonspotJan. 27, 09 1:13 PM

Look it up in your rules of evidence book. It requires the original, not doctored copies. Perhaps your lawyers need some remediation in the rules of evidence.

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garbageacct1Jan. 27, 09 1:20 PM

Are they really that incompetent?

Or is Mr. Coleman dancing to the tune of the RNC by delaying the seating of Mr. Franken in the Senate for as long as possible?

Another theory is that they are simply trying to cause confusion in preparation for a hail mary pass to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Or perhaps this is merely to allow Mr. Friedburg to get paid out of campaign funds in advance, since it's public knowledge that Mr. Coleman probably doesn't have the money to pay for the big guns that he might need if there is substance to the allegations in the Texas lawsuit.

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Rick8846Jan. 27, 09 1:22 PM

What kind of people would try to present doctored photo copies as evidence in a trial?

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observer1Jan. 27, 09 1:24 PM

Oh, that this panel would have enough to throw Norm out. Or to commence an investigation into exactly who was responsible for the doctoring of the evidence and the fraud on the court.

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olsteinbergJan. 27, 09 1:28 PM

I believe the apparent foul-ups by Norm's lawyers are intentional: an attempt to so "muddy the waters" that even if the final decision rules against their client, everyone will be so confused and there will such a miasma of accusations and allegations of misconduct and inconsistency, that the overall effect will be to discredit in the public mind the entire process, both the carefully conducted recount and the subsequent court contest. Norm and his lawyers will do all they can think of, to taint and smear this process, just as Coleman's campaign smeared Franken's character before the voting. If Norm cannot win, he will make sure that Franken's victory will, to all intents and purposes, be a hollow and worthless one.

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shrankJan. 27, 09 1:58 PM

I think it's clear where this is heading. The whole thing is spiraling into an interminable morass. This election is going to end up being decided by the U.S. Senate.

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makinwavesJan. 27, 09 2:05 PM

Stop making our party look bad. Anyone who watches Judge Judy knows you can't submit photocopied evidence... Norm isn't to blame for this one, his lawyers are making these mistakes.

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a1batrossJan. 27, 09 2:06 PM

At this point it's all about delaying tactics. How long can Norm keep Al out of office, how long can the RNC short the Democrats one vote? Because, look, we're talking about WEEKS and MONTHS of delay - how many bills will fail to pass by one vote? How many filibusters will be unchallenged because the Dems need an extra Republican to change sides? If Norm wins, great, the Republicans will be happy to have him back - meanwhile, it's all about screwing up the Senate, screwing up the Democrats, and incidentally screwing up Minnesota and the whole nation.

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