Skip to comments.Coleman campaign subpoenas state elections official (+ Other Latest News)
Posted on 01/20/2009 6:03:58 PM PST by flattorney
In another twist in Minnesota's prolonged U.S. Senate race, Republican Norm Coleman's campaign has subpoenaed Secretary of State elections manager Gary Poser, claiming discrepancies between recount figures reported by local officials and those posted on the Secretary of State's website. Campaign attorney Tony Trimble said Coleman could have lost 10 to 15 votes because of changes the Secretary of State's office made to local recount figures. "It's a minor issue in the scheme of things," Trimble said. Still, in an election where final recount figures left Coleman trailing by only 225 votes, the subpoena underscores how he is leaving no stone unturned in a search for ballots that might close the gap. Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson(1) on Tuesday opposed the subpoena, saying it "subjects a public official to an undue and unnecessary burden." She said courts have authority to reject subpoenas when they involve "matters outside the scope of a legitimate cause of action and, in particular attempts to delve inappropriately into the mental processes of administrative decision-makers." Trimble said that if Poser chooses not to give a deposition, Coleman lawyers would seek to question him at the trial over the election challenge set to begin Jan. 26. The Secretary of State's office did not respond immediately to a request for comment.
(Excerpt) Read more at startribune.com ...
There is substantially more taking place within the Coleman campaign in regards to issuing subpoenas to MN State election officials than disclosed in this brief article. This specific issue is part of a legal maneuver and additional subpoenas are expected per FlA, SFARI. - TAB
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01.20.09 Alexandria Echo Press, MN: COLEMAN-FRANKEN SENATE ELECTION TRIAL TO START -- A three-judge panel presiding over Norm Colemans election lawsuit on Friday set a brisk timeline for legal filings leading up to a Jan. 26 trial opening. On Wednesday, the panel will consider a request by Al Franken to throw out Colemans lawsuit. Coleman is challenging the election results that gave Franken 225 more votes out of about 2.9 million cast. The order came after the district court judges -- Kurt Marben of Pennington County, Elizabeth Hayden of Stearns County and Denise Reilly of Hennepin County met behind closed doors with campaign attorneys. Colemans campaign had suggested a February trial date. Franken wanted proceedings to begin sooner. Key Coleman complaints about the election are that the process used to consider absentee ballots was flawed and that some votes were counted twice. Those are issues the three judges will consider. The scope of the election contest broadened Friday when the Supreme Court ordered that the judicial panel also should consider a case filed by 64 Franken supporters whose absentee ballots were not counted in the election. The voters petitioned directly to the Supreme Court, but Justice Alan Page said their issue is better left to the panel hearing the election contest. The trial will be held at the Minnesota Judicial Center near the Capitol. Minnesota media outlets have asked the judges to allow cameras and audio recording devices in the courtroom. No decision has been announced.
CASE CONTINUES AS CANDIDATES COURT DONORS
The Bemidji Pioneer by Scott Wente, Minn. State Capitol Bureau
Wednesday, January 20, 2009
The U.S. Senate campaigns are in court while the candidates are in Washington. As courtroom proceedings begin in Norm Colemans case tomorrow challenging the Senate election results, Coleman and Democrat Al Franken are in the nations capital, separately, meeting with supporters and donors. Coleman leaves for Washington tomorrow to meet with colleagues, fund-raisers and others, spokesman Mark Drake said. Coleman will also discuss how double-counted votes, missing ballots and a lack of uniform standards regarding absentee ballots have given Al Franken an artificial lead. Franken is wrapping up a several-day trip to Washington, which included inauguration-related activities, a military hospital visit and a high-dollar fund-raiser. Franken returns to Minnesota Thursday, spokeswoman Jess McIntosh said.
Tomorrow, the candidates attorneys will go before the three-judge panel considering Frankens request to dismiss the Coleman election challenge. Franken attorneys argue the judges do not have jurisdiction over the issues raised in Colemans filing. They also claim Colemans challenge is too vague. Franken emerged from a statewide ballot recount with 225 more votes out of nearly 2.9 million cast. Coleman led on election night. Coleman, a Republican seeking a second Senate term, is challenging the recount results because he said some valid votes were not counted while others were counted twice.
If the three judges decide not to dismiss the case, they will preside over an election trial beginning Monday. Colemans attorneys have stressed that several ballot issues should be examined closely in the trial because of flaws and irregularities on Election Day and during the recount. Absentee ballots could loom large. An estimated 12,000 absentee ballots were rejected in the election, but some were improperly rejected for reasons not set out in state law. More than 900 of those were opened and counted during the recount, but Coleman attorney Fritz Knaak said the campaign wants all 12,000 reviewed for possible counting during the trial. The campaigns have spent weeks preparing for the court proceedings, which could take weeks or longer. Colemans campaign sought lists of Election Day poll workers and precinct voter rolls and planned to interview local election officials leading up to the trials start.
Minnesota Attorney General Lori (Soros PuppetTAB) Swanson(D) filed a motion Tuesday attempting to block Coleman attorneys attempt to interview state Elections
Director Gary Poser, who helped administer the recount. Election contest proceedings will take place in a Minnesota Judicial Building courtroom, near the Capitol. The three district court judges appointed to preside over the case are Elizabeth Hayden of Stearns County, Kurt Marben of Pennington County and Denise Reilly of Hennepin County.
A separate lawsuit filed by Franken remains before the Minnesota Supreme Court. Franken wants the justices to order that he be given a signed election certificate, even as the election contest remains unresolved. The election certificate, which Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie refused to sign before the election lawsuit plays out, could allow Franken to be seated in the Senate. The high court set a Feb. 5 hearing on that request. The campaign claims the failure to issue an election certificate impermissibly encroaches on the Senates authority to seat its members. On Nov. 4, the citizens of Minnesota elected a senator, Franken attorney David Lillehaug wrote in a Tuesday filing. Over two months have since passed ... Yet to this day, only one senator sits from Minnesota.
I want to thank Governor Tim Pawlenty for letting it come to this. Especially for not speaking out while Al Franken and his allies were undermining the democratic process.
Tim Pawlenty/Lincoln Chafeee 2012.
“Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson (Dem) on Tuesday opposed the subpoena, saying it “subjects a public official to an undue and unnecessary burden.”
What burden? Like a Secretary of State bothering to assure proper vote counting in an election?
Goodbye Minnesota. Hello Zimbabwe!
The way that this is dragging on, the 2008 election won’t be settled until 2014 . . . . . . just in time for the next election. In the meantime, because MN certified a stolen election for a leftist clown, they will likely only have 1 senator representing them in Washington until this election is settled.
Meanwhile, the corruption by the Dems and the state elections “officials” continues merrily along, depriving MN of a fair and legal election as stipulated by the Founding Fathers.
Good thing I’m not Minnesotan . . . . . . . my neck and back start to really hurt when I have to hang my head in shame and embarrassment that long.
Even the laws of probabilities aren’t in favor of Franken winning 99% of the “found” ballots.
That’s what makes them so stupid. Instead of printing doube the extra ballots and making just over half for Franken, they print just enough to make him win but in a really obvious show that they are cheating.
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no rino ticket would be complete without mr. scottish law..
I’m not expecting anyone watched the Pawlenty speech to the legislature but I watched and I think there’s still hope with him.
He said some pretty conservative ideas and asked “not to tax us anymore” and wants to cut the corporate tax for small business. Not saying much I know but when your state pays the highest corporate income tax in the world, someone needs to say something about it. I know nothing will come of it but at least he said some things to make me think he is trying....
He said some pretty conservative ideas and asked not to tax us anymore and wants to cut the corporate tax for small business.
Pawleny is 100% in the Al Gore global warming religion.
Pawlenty has already signed legislation requiring utilities to buy very expensive "green" energy.
Pawlenty will try to resist a $1 tax, but he'll be only too happy to hit us with $1000 "green" taxes/fees. No Thanks!
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