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.