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Murkowski seeks to lift injunction

Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2010

Following Sen. Lisa's sweeping victory Friday against challenger Joe Miller's attempt to block certification of her election, Murkowski's attorneys went to federal court to try to get the federal injunction lifted.

Federal Judge Ralph Beistline stopped the state from certifying the results of the Senate race until the state court considered Miller's claims.

Following Friday's state ruling for summary judgment in favor of the state Elections Division, which says Murkowski won the race handily, Murkowski attorney Tim McKeever sought to have the federal injunction lifted.

"We hope it is becoming clear to Alaskans, even former supporters of Mr. Miller, that his campaign to disenfranchise Alaska's voters is entirely self indulgent, and now risks Alaska's representation in the Senate."

McKeever said Murkowski could lose seniority or committee assignments if she's not able to be sworn in when the new Senate convenes in January.

Sweeney said the Murkowski campaign was again appealing to Miller's promise of not continuing with a legal challenge if the votes don't add up.

Alaska Superior Court Judge William Carey, in his summary judgment ruling, said even if Miller's various claims were upheld, they wouldn't provide enough votes to change Murkowski's substantial lead.

Murkowski had not previously been a party to the federal case, and McKeever Friday sought intervenor status in that case as well. Miller's attorneys have not yet responded to that request, but Miller unsuccessfully opposed Murkowski's role in the related state case.

• Contact reporter Pat Forgey at 523-2250 or at patrick.forgey@juneauempire.com.



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