Senate recount trial: Franken's team asks for dismissal

  • Article by: PAT DOYLE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 5, 2009 - 9:19 PM

The DFLer's lawyer's said Coleman's camp failed to back up claims of extensive election errors. Coleman's team will respond today.

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flatbladeMar. 5, 0910:48 AM

It would be nice to have the trial over with, but I think the judges have to determine a few things about the rejected absentees. I agree that Coleman did not prove any more of his case besides the absentees.

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samiamMar. 5, 0910:50 AM

Norms gotta go!

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gfsorumMar. 5, 0910:58 AM

Norm wanted Franken to concede the election after the Associated Press awarded him the win. Since when did the press decide? By law, the recount was initiated, and Al Franken came out ahead. And so it remains after all of this jockeying for votes has been completed. I'm not sure which of the candidates is more qualified, but there are more important things that need to be done than this. Give us a Senator and move along. Norm, try again next election.

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makapuuMar. 5, 0910:58 AM

Norm has no case. His pool of supporters has dwindled to a few knuckleheads who continue to insist on a do-over or base there entire points solely on name-calling.

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autographMar. 5, 0911:06 AM

Norm Coleman bows out gracefully.

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rartisMar. 5, 0911:07 AM

What Mr. Coleman seems to miss (a lot I know) is that if they throw out the election for Senate because of ballot problems does it not seen true that all elections that used the same ballot have to be thrown out. So all the House seats, the local governments, and yet even the dog catchers are to be thrown out.

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beautyehMar. 5, 0911:08 AM

Welcome to the Senate Al!

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cpetersen22Mar. 5, 0911:09 AM

Take your own advice Norm and concede and let the healing begin. You lost and now you just look foolish. Good luck ever running again in Minnesota after the way you look after how this election has turned out.

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tealokiMar. 5, 0911:09 AM

Is wise!!! Norm's gotta go!!!!

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winddanceMar. 5, 0911:12 AM

Norm never had a case. He had no proof to substantiate his claims - Which is usually a very important point in trials. The case should be dismissed. The only rational reason why it wouldn't would be politically motivated. But, we should learn from this. In the future any election won by less than .5% of the vote should have a runoff between the candidates within the .5% difference (this would have been 14,500 votes in this election - 50 times the current difference). This would be more than enough votes to cover any voter fraud or inconsistencies and virtually eliminate a trials inevitable courtroom mudslinging at the system and candidates.

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