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Franken-Coleman Update, 02/24/09: Bang Bang Bang Went The Nail

Bang bang bang! Hear that?  That was yet another nail in Norm Coleman’s election contest coffin:

The Minnesota election court has just handed down another key ruling, totally denying Norm Coleman’s attempt to undo his previous agreement that 933 previously-rejected absentee ballots be included in the recount — and which favored Al Franken by a 176-vote margin.

You can read the decision here.

Norm will be appealing to the Minnesota Supreme Court; that’s a given. But that’s as far as he can go, as throughout this whole affair all the judges involved have worked to stay well within the bounds of Anderson v. Rolvaag, which is settled law all the way up to the US Supreme Court. He has ten days after the ECC ruling to appeal to the Minnesota Soops, which will then take, oh, about three days to deny his appeal and order the Secretary of State and Governor to sign Franken’s election certificate. And yes, Norm will be on the hook for that money, as the loser pays all court costs.

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