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  •  The reasonable people are already there... (10+ / 0-)

    The county election officials will be doing the actual counting and initial judging of voter intent. The lawyers are there to potentially gum up the works. If they think the county officials are misreading the voter's intent on a particular ballot, that ballot gets set aside and shipped to St Paul,where Ritchie and his panel of four senior judges have the final say on each disputed ballot. I suppose a Coleman lawyer could choose to challenge every decision on a Franken ballot, but I suspect he'd be out on his ear after a bit, if he was obviously trying to mess up the count. As the diarist noted, the panel includes the recently Republican-appointed Chief Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, so there will be no reasonable place to appeal those decisions beyond the recount.

    -5.12, -5.23

    We are men of action; lies do not become us.

    by ER Doc on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 06:53:05 AM PST

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    •  Judge Gearin (11+ / 0-)

      I spent some time with Judge Gearin this fall at a week-long legal seminar.  I can tell you from personal experience that she is about as no-nonsense as they come.  If the Colemanistas want to get in her face, she'll send them off like a whipped puppy.

      •  From the way Judge Gearin (2+ / 0-)
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        handled the 32 vote suit (with its buried request to stop ALL Minnesota election officials from counting abstentee ballots) in a flat 6 hours last Saturday, I'd say she was no-nonsense.

        And I DO find it telling that Coleman did NOT re-file the same case in Hennepin County any time since. Gearin threw it out on grounds she didn't have jursidiction---a common enough reason but one that doesn't BEGIN to address the merits of the case. If Coleman really thought there was a problem here why not re-file in the right Jurisdiction (32 Hennepin county absentee ballots under a cloud--file suit in Hennepin county. Of course!)
        But NOTHING!.....Hmmmm. As any good Minnesota Lutheran knows to ask:
        "What does this mean?"

        And of course Lutherans in Minnesota know the answer begins with the words, "Norm is to fear and love God......" but then our New York Jewish Senator may be unfamiliar with the Lutheran Catechism.....

        Shalom.

        "God has given wine to gladden the hearts of people." Psalm 104:15

        by WineRev on Thu Nov 13, 2008 at 04:28:42 PM PST

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