The Senate race rages on, Minnesotans are fed up
The process started with Coleman's filing in Ramsey County, where all election lawsuits must begin. Next, a three-judge panel must be appointed to hear the suit.
The law states the matter will be heard in Ramsey County by "three judges assigned by the chief justice of the Supreme Court" but does not say who those judges will be.
They could come from any level of the state's justice system.
The current chief justice, Eric Magnuson, served on the state canvassing board that handled the recount and may recuse himself from the appointing duty.The trial must start in three weeks and could end in March, but Coleman's lawyer says that is a conservative estimate.
Like a January wind-chill, the back-and-forth between Norm Coleman, the Republican incumbent, and his challenger, Al Franken, a Democrat -- and the forever process of recounting and lawyerly sniping that has gone on since Election Day -- is getting a little old even in this capital city of flat-voweled upper Midwest niceness.
"I'm fed up," said Kevin Monn, a financial adviser who works in St. Paul and voted for Mr. Coleman.
Mr. Monn said he thought Minnesotans had been subjected to distortions from the Coleman and Franken campaigns in the last two months, as pitifully tiny handfuls of votes have wavered in the breeze, up for grabs.