The neverending election

The Minnesota Supreme Court won't hear the ongoing legal battle between Norm Coleman and Al Franken until June.

Published April 24, 2009 3:45PM (EDT)

At the very least, it will be another month before Minnesota has two senators. The state Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear former Sen. Norm Coleman's appeal in his legal battle with Democratic challenger Al Franken on June 1. According to the Star Tribune, the schedule is closer to what Coleman had asked for, rather than a quicker timeline requested by Franken and his legal team.

Of course, it's unlikely that there will actually be a winner formally declared by the end of the day on June 1. Cases aren't typically decided on the same day they're heard, so that'll cause additional delay, plus Coleman could still decide to take his appeal federal. Last week, he hinted he might just do that.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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