Court: Coleman must pay Franken $95,000 in court costs

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: June 11, 2009 - 1:31 PM

A three-judge panel today required Republican Norm Coleman to pay Democrat Al Franken $94,783 to cover court costs in the seven-week U.S. Senate trial.

The ruling, by the panel that heard the trial, approves an administrative decision last month by the Ramsey County clerk's office. Franken's team had sought $161,510, but a deputy county clerk rejected a request that Coleman pay Franken for his cost of obtaining public records that made up many of the exhibits in the trial and some other expenses.

Also not included are $16,000 in attorneys fees that Franken wants Coleman to pay for sanctions the panel imposed after Coleman's lawyers failed to disclose information about Republican election judge Pamela Howell before her testimony.

Coleman will also have to pay interest on the $94,783 until the debt is paid.

Coleman's lawyers once argued that payment of the court costs should be delayed pending the outcome of their appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court. But they didn't object when the administrative decision came out in May and didn't exercise their right to a court hearing on the matter.

PAT DOYLE

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