Coleman Lawyers Blast Judges' 'Fatal Inconsistency'

Trial rhetoric escalates as judges deny Coleman ballots
By Ambreen Ali,  Newser User
Posted Feb 19, 2009 9:15 AM CST
Norm Coleman's attorney, Joe Friedberg, bottom left, and Al Franken's attorney, David Lillehaug, center, have a sidebar conference with the judges.   (AP Photo/Jean Pieri, Pool)
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(Newser) – Norm Coleman's lawyers lambasted the judges in Minnesota's recount trial for again refusing to reconsider certain rejected absentee votes that would narrow Al Franken's 225-vote lead in the Senate race, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports. The attorneys called the rulings a "legal quagmire" and said the "fatal inconsistency serves to disenfranchise some voters while allowing others with the same ballots to have their votes counted."

"The court creates a real problem for itself and the reliability of these proceedings," Coleman lawyer Ben Ginsberg said. "That makes ascertaining a final legitimate result to this election even more difficult." Franken's lawyer dismissed the unusual criticism—lawyers rarely criticize judges—and said, "They're trying to build a record for appeal." Ginsberg declined to say whether they would do so.