Franken, Coleman Trial Begins in June

Posted April 24, 2009 at 3:04pm

Opening arguments before the Minnesota Supreme Court on the state’s undecided Senate race will begin on June 1, the court announced Friday.Former Sen. Norm Coleman (R) filed an appeal to the state’s high court earlier this week. The move came after a three-judge panel ruled after a lengthy recount that Democrat Al Franken garnered more votes than Coleman in the November election.“We’re pleased with the timetable the court has granted to prepare for this historic and consequential case to enfranchise thousands of Minnesota citizens who still wait for their voices to be heard, and their votes to be counted,— Ben Ginsberg, a legal spokesman for the Coleman campaign, said in a statement.While Franken was declared the winner of the recount, Coleman’s appeal could drag the ongoing battle for the Minnesota Senate seat through the summer. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has indicated he will not seat Franken while the state appeal is pending.