- The Washington Times - Friday, March 13, 2009

ST. PAUL, MINN. (AP) - The disputed Minnesota Senate race has been placed into the hands of three judges.

Attorneys for Republican Norm Coleman and Democrat Al Franken on Friday wound up their closing arguments that capped a seven-week trial.

Franken lawyer Kevin Hamilton says Coleman failed to offer adequate evidence to enable him to overcome Franken’s 225-vote lead. Coleman is asking judges to give voters whose absentee ballots were rejected the benefit of the doubt.

More than 100 witnesses testified during the seven-week trial.

The three judges will probably take several days to reach a decision on which ballots to open. That would lead to a determination on which candidate got the most votes.

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