Closing arguments were conducted this morning in the Minnesota election trial, with the political world now awaiting the decision and any potential appeals. Having examined the Franken campaign's closing arguments, let's now take a look at the closer from lead Coleman attorney Joe Friedberg.
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In many ways, Friedberg's closing argument felt like it was a preemptive appeal -- that the current rules point to a Coleman loss, and Friedberg was asking this court, or perhaps a future appeals court, to reverse key orders that had gone against Coleman during or before the trial.
At one point, Friedberg said how he's always hopeful that when he argues as a defense attorney, before juries that have become convinced of the prosecution's case, "I might get them to step back, clear their minds, open their minds, and let me try to convince them to the contrary."
But he also admitted, in a flattering tone of voice, "It's more difficult to do that with judges, because basically you know more about the law than I do."