Pace picking up in Minn. Senate trial

By: By PATRICK CONDON, Associated Press Writer
By: By PATRICK CONDON, Associated Press Writer

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota's Senate trial is starting to pick up speed.

The judges set out a schedule Thursday for the next three days that indicates they will rule soon on some of the main arguments. Later Thursday, lawyers for Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken will argue over the validity of 19 distinct reasons for rejecting voters' absentee ballots.

The judges' decision whether or not to count ballots in those categories is expected as early as Monday. Once that happens, Coleman's lawyers should be able to go much faster through a process that has involved arguing over ballots one by one.

Coleman's lawyers say thousands of rejected ballots should be counted as they try to overcome Franken's 225-vote lead. Franken's lawyers say most of the ballots were lawfully rejected.

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

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