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Coleman asks the Minnesota Supreme Court to go slow in the appeal

Republican Norm Coleman has asked the state Supreme Court to allow for arguments in the disputed election appeal no sooner than mid-May, two weeks later than the date proposed by his opponent Democrat Al Franken.

According to the Star Tribune, "the Coleman camp said in documents that while it recognizes a need to resolve the case 'as expeditiously as possible,' the two sides and the court 'must be given enough time to fully develop and consider the issues on appeal.'"

If the state Supreme Court recognizes Franken as the winner, he said he believes that Gov. Tim Pawlenty will do the right thing, which is also the law, and sign the election certificate.

Political scientists believe that Franken's request is on the fast end of a normal decision time period, and Coleman's request is on the slow end.