Franken asks Minn. court to put him in Senate now

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Al Franken is asking Minnesota's highest court to let him fill the state's empty Senate seat while the legal battle over the election plays out.

Franken, who eked out a 225-vote advantage in the recount, has asked to fill the seat, at least on an interim basis. His lawyers argue Minnesota citizens are being deprived their right to two senators as the courts work through Norm Coleman's legal challenges to the recount.

But attorneys for Coleman and the state countered that state law clearly says the governor and secretary of state can't issue a certificate of election until all court challenges are resolved.

The court hasn't said when it will rule, but the many questions from justices suggest they are skeptical of Franken's claims.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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