Franken Camp Puts Off Resting Case Until Tomorrow; More Franken-Voters To Be Counted

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March 11, 2009 12:01 p.m.
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The Franken legal team is postponing the resting of their case — which lead attorney Marc Elias had announced yesterday evening would be happening today — due to logistical difficulties in bringing in some witnesses.

Franken lawyer Kevin Hamilton told the judges that he has another absentee voter whose ballots has been rejected, ready to come in tomorrow. And he’s been trying to line up testimony by the Clay County auditor.

“We would be prepared to provisionally rest at some point tomorrow,” Hamilton said, “once we get that remaining testimony in, and allow the case to move forward.”

On the one hand, a couple loose ends have introduced a slight delay into the process. But on the other hand, this is still way ahead of when anyone would have predicted the Franken camp resting their case.

Also, the court has just handed down a ruling to allow the counting of 14 ballots from a petition brought by a group of Franken-voters. There were 61 people involved in the original petition, for which the court initially granted permission to 24 a month ago, then rescinded permission on three a little over a week ago, and is now adding in 14 after additional evidence was submitted — a total of 35 Franken-voters in this action who have been granted permission for now to have their ballots opened and counted at a later date.

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