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Coleman v. Franken

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: January 6, 2009 / June 30, 2009
State: Minnesota
Issues: MN Senate race 2008, Recount Resources, Absentee Ballots
Courts that Heard this Case: Ramsey County District Court (Case 62-CV-09-56); Minnesota Supreme Court (Case A09-697)


Whether there were irrgeularities in the conduct of the election that affected the result.


Decision granted in favor of Franken on 4/13.  Appeal filed with the Minnesota Supreme Court on 4/20.  Briefs have been filed.  Oral arguments held 6/1. Opinion filed 6/30.

Minnesota Supreme Court Documents

(Supreme Court Document Page)

Ramsey County District Court Documents

(MN Courts Document Page) (Docket) (Trial Video)

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