Overruled


Getting Out While The Gettings Good?
February 27, 2009, 1:12 pm
Filed under: Ian | Tags: ,

I’ve not discussed Former Senator Norm Coleman’s legal challenge to Senator-elect Franken’s victory in the 2008 Minnesota Senate race, largely because the coverage over at TPMDC has been so good that I don’t really have much to add.  Two recent reports over at TPM, however, strike me as interesting.

The first is a report that GOP megalawyer Ben Ginsberg, who previously ran the Bush/Cheney ’00 and ’04 legal teams, has withdrawn his petition to be temporarily admitted to practice in the Minnesota courts so that he can appear on behalf of Former Senator Coleman.  Ginsberg’s most prominent role on Coleman’s legal team has been a serious of press conferences levying increasingly wild-eyed accusations against the integrity of Senator-elect Franken’s victory.

The second noteworthy story is a report that Coleman’s legal team may have intentionally withheld key evidence from team Franken in order to prejudice the outcome of the trial.

Those who have followed the Franken/Coleman saga know that the trial has been a comedy of errors—Coleman witnesses confessing to improperly casting their ballots, judges issuing exasperated ruling against Coleman then withdrawing them for fear of an appeal, Coleman growing increasingly insistent that the only acceptable course is to disenfranchise everyone who voted last November and call a do-over.  With the latest report that team Coleman may have intentionally failed to make required disclosures, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Coleman’s attorneys will be hit with sanctions.

Of course, this is pure speculation on my part, but perhaps Ginsberg didn’t want to be listed as a counsel-of-record because he hopes to avoid being sanctioned by the Minnesota election court.

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