Minn. Recount Trial Goes to Judges

By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 13, 2009 2:43 PM CDT
Al Franken on Capitol Hill.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – The Minnesota recount trial is finally out of the lawyers’ hands, with both sides claiming certain victory, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Now the judges will weigh evidence provided by Norm Coleman’s and Al Franken’s teams and decide exactly which votes to count. “It’s more likely than not,” a Coleman lawyer said, that 1,360 rejected ballots are actually valid.

A Franken attorney disagreed, and said the Democrat’s 225-vote lead would only grow. “The vast majority of absentee ballots were rejected because they should have been rejected,” he said. “The court has the duty to correct the small number of errors and confirm that Al Franken received the most votes cast in the election.”