Posted: January 7, 2009
MN Contest Court: Justice Alan Page to Appoint
The Star Tribune reports that Chief Justice Magnuson has recused himself from exercising his office's statutory authority to appoint the 3-judge panel to hear Coleman's contest, because he served on the 5-member canvassing board that conducted the recount. According, Justice Alan Page will exercise this authority. This development is significant because the identity of the three judges will affect how the contest is handle--and how the public perceives it. Will Justice Page exercise his appointing authority in the same way that the Chief Justice would have? One may never know, but when the contest ends, will people wonder whether it made a difference who got to pick the 3-judge panel?