The Minnesota election trial, brought on to contest the recount that gives Al Franken a 225-vote lead, is so boring even the lawyers are going a bit insane. And these lawyers are well-adjusted to painfully boring trials.
The trial, now in it's third week, has become hours worth of adding rejected absentee ballots to the record. One by one Norm Coleman's lawyers interview election officials about why each ballot was rejected. Talk about a snoozer.
So the judges and both campaigns are looking for ways to speed up the process before we all sink into insanity.
An attorney for Democrat Al Franken called the process extraordinarily inefficient; a Coleman attorney likened the job to that of a trained monkey; and many watching it for days on end have compared it to watching paint dry.
On Monday, the Republican's attorneys agreed with the Democrat's attorneys to remove some of those ballots from that painstaking treatment. They agreed that neither side would fight to include any regular absentee ballots that were received after Election Day.Franken's lawyers also presented an objection, claiming Coleman's legal team wasn't following proper discovery rules.
Franken attorney David Lillehaug told the three judges hearing the case that the Coleman legal team has flouted the basic rules of evidence and given the Franken team only "sweepingly uninformative and nonresponsive answers" to the Democrat's demands to know more about the ballots and the reasons Coleman believes they should be counted.
"The fundamental purpose of the discovery rules, adopted almost 50 years ago, was to end the practice of trial by ambush. Parties are required to disclose their evidence prior to trial so that other parties can fairly prepare to meet the evidence," Lillehaug wrote in a memo to the judges.