02/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Al Franken Sues Secretary Of State To Take Seat

Minnesota Public Radio reports that Al Franken, having been denied a certificate to take his Senate seat by the state's Governor and Secretary of State, is going to court.

Al Franken's attorney, Marc Elias, said today the campaign is asking the Minnesota Supreme Court to issue an election certificate so Franken can be seated in the U.S. Senate.

The petition would force Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Democratic Secretary of State Mark Ritchie to issue the signed certificate.

With the recount over, Republican Norm Coleman lost by 225 votes to Franken. But Coleman is challenging those results in court. Officials say Coleman's lawsuit prevents them from issuing Franken the signed certificate.

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