Franken Asks for Election Certificate
Al Franken's lawyers asked the Minnesota Supreme Court to issue an election certificate today, citing Minnesota's constitutional responsibility to provide two senators as a reason why.
Franken's attorney Mark Elias told the court that Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Secretary of State Mark Ritchie are abusing their power and going against federal authority by not certifying Franken as the junior senator from Minnesota, according to the Star Tribune.
Lawyers for Norm Coleman, Franken's opponent, told the courts that Minnesota election law clearly states a certificate cannot be given until after all legal battles are finished.
The Star Tribune also reported how Judge Paul Anderson asked Elias if after a certificate was signed, he would argue that the recount trial was no longer legitimate. Elias, after Anderson pressured him, answered he would not argue that, the Star Tribune said.
Anderson also noted that the Senate could seat anyone it wanted, even without a certificate. However, the Star Tribune reported that would be unlikely, even in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
The Pioneer Press's coverage of today's legal battle focused on one absentee ballot lawyers spent part of the morning arguing over. The article did not cover Franken's appeal for an election certificate.