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Coleman-Franken appeal: June 1 is Supreme Court ‘expedited’ hearing

The court didn’t move with the swiftness that Franken’s side sought. In fact, the Supreme Court adopted exactly the timetable Coleman sought.

The Minnesota Supreme Court set its schedule for Norm Coleman’s appeal, and the five justices will hear arguments on June 1.

Saying it will proceed on “an expedited basis,” the Court ordered (PDF) Coleman’s appeal brief to be submitted by next Thursday, April 30. Al Franken’s side must respond by May 11. Coleman will get a shot to reply to that response by May 15. And then a hearing is set for June 1.

The court didn’t move with the swiftness that Franken’s side sought. In fact, the Supreme Court adopted exactly the timetable Coleman sought. Franken’s lawyers sought to have the argument as early as next week. The judges denied that.

Thus, we are into June and, apparently, no second senator until seven months beyond Election Day.