Senate Race That Never Ends
The Minnesota Supreme Court may not have the last word in the still-contested Minnesota Senate Race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken, the Star Tribune reported.
As Coleman faces almost certain defeat in the election trial, he is preparing his appeal to the State Supreme Court.
However, Coleman could also appeal to the federal courts, an option he "has refused to rule out," according to the Tribune. A federal appeal could leave the seat open for another six months or more, depriving Senate Democrats of a crucial vote against Republican filibusters.
While courts have ruled that no Senator can be seated until all of the state judicial proceedings have finished, the question is if an appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court would be included in those proceedings.
It is possible the U.S. Supreme Court could fast-track its review.