Franken-Coleman Appeal Slated for June

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 24, 2009 5:39 PM CDT
Al Franken talks with reporters outside his home in Minneapolis on Monday, April 13, 2009.   (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
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(Newser) – The Minnesota Supreme Court agreed today to hear oral arguments in the Al Franken-Norm Coleman legal battle starting June 1, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The appeal date is closer to a schedule proposed by Coleman, who appears to face an uphill battle in the Senate seat contest and sought more time to prepare. A Minnesota court recently ruled in favor of Franken, widening his lead to 312 votes.

The state high court could rule in June, but it likely won't end there: Republican lawmakers are advising Coleman to plead his case to the US Supreme Court if he loses.