Coleman Going To Court Against Lawsuit From Franken Voters

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January 16, 2009 6:29 a.m.

Norm Coleman’s legal team has now filed a motion to intervene against a class-action lawsuit that has been lodged by 64 voters, who all appear to have been Franken supporters, who say their absentee ballots were wrongly rejected and should be put into the count.

As we’ve reported, the Franken team has been reaching out to supporters whose ballots are still uncounted, helping them to go to court.

Coleman’s lawyers might have a point in arguing that this matter properly belongs with the court handling his lawsuit against the election result. But one line in the filing is pretty telling: “Coleman is so situated that the disposition of the action may as a practical matter impair or impede his ability to protect his interests.”

In plain English: If these votes are counted, I’ll be in even worse trouble than I am already.

Late Update: The state Supreme Court has referred this lawsuit to the election-contest court, essentially agreeing with Coleman’s lawyers on one of their points. Note that this action does not comment on the merits of the voters who filed the suit — they simply agreed as to what the proper venue is for examining this.

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