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Litigation

Franken v. Pawlenty

Case Information

Date Filed / Ended: January 13, 2009 / March 6, 2009
State: Minnesota
Issues: MN Senate race 2008, Election Contest, Recount Resources
Courts that Heard this Case: Minnesota Supreme Court (Case A09-0064)

Issue:

Whether Senate candidate Al Franken is entitled to receive an election certificate signed by the governor and secretary of state while an election contest brought by his opponent, Norm Coleman, is ongoing.

Status:

Petition filed by Franken on 1/13.  Norm Coleman filed motion to intervene 1/14. Brief of Al Franken filed 1/20. Respondents' Brief filed 1/26. Intervenor's Brief filed 1/26. Al Franken's Reply Brief filed 1/28. Opinion entered 3/6.

Minnesota Supreme Court Documents

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Commentary

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral Fix We Really Need

Edward B. Foley

The Electoral College winner should be the majority choice in each state that counts towards that Electoral College victory.

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In the News

Edward B. Foley

Anti-Trumpersí Most Futile Effort Yet to Stop Trump from Being Sworn In

Professor Edward Foley was quoted in Law Newz about efforts to persuade Chief Justice John Roberts to decline conducting Donald Trump’s Oath of Office on Inauguration Day. Even though the U.S. Constitution requires the President to take an oath of office, the the Chief Justice is not required to administer it. It is unlikely that such attempts will prevent Trump from being sworn in, Foley said.

“I think the main point is that the oath doesn’t need to be administered by the Chief Justice,” he said. “After Kennedy’s assassination, a federal district judge in Texas administered the oath to Johnson.”
 

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Info & Analysis

Federal District Court Panel Finds Unconstitutional Gerrymandering in Alabama

In an opinion released today, a three-judge panel of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama found unconstitutional gerrymandering in 12 Alabama districts. In a separate concurring and dissenting opinion, one judge on the panel would have found more districts unconstitutionally drawn. The case is Alabama Democratic Conference v. Alabama.

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