In a saga that appears to be running as long as the soap opera Days of Our Lives, the closing arguments in the (almost Senator) Al Franken – Former Senator Norm Coleman case will be given tomorrow. I would expect a ruling by the first week in April. It would be a big surprise to everyone in the world, including the Coleman team, if Coleman is declared anything other than the loser.
Minnesota law may actually play into Al Franken’s favor. The loser of this court case is required to pay the legal costs, which could empty out Coleman’s bank accounts. In order to push the appeals process, Franken’s lawyers may ask the court for Coleman to pay money up front for the appeals (escrow). In conjunction with the Coleman camp’s screw-up, allowing donor’s credit card information to be sitting on the web without encription, this may be over before the end of April.
Hope springs eternal. 🙂