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Coleman-Franken trial: Sides salute lawyer Friedberg as he turns 72

It’s just one big happy family here today at Recount Central in the Minnesota Judicial Center.

About noon, led by Franken lawyer Marc Elias, attorneys from both sides and – dare we say some of the media corps – sang “Happy Birthday” to Coleman lead litigator Joe Friedberg, he the veteran Minneapolis criminal defense lawyer.

He turned 72.

“Just so long as I’m not here on my next birthday.” Friedberg said, of the length of this trial.

He added that over the past year – nay, the past five weeks – he’d aged “about 70 years” out of those successful 72.

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