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Miller and Murkowski camps fight over trial location

November 23, 2010|By Ted Land | Channel 2 News

Joe Miller wants his state lawsuit heard in Fairbanks, but the Murkowski campaign thinks it should be in Juneau.

Juneau is where the Division of Elections counted the write-in ballots in Alaska's hotly contested U.S. Senate race.

The Murkowski campaign is seeking to intervene in the lawsuit, meaning, they're joining as another party supporting the state's case that ballots were properly counted.

Murkowski campaign manager Kevin Sweeney says they'll file a motion to hear the case in Juneau if the state does not.

Miller filed the lawsuit in Fairbanks Monday and said it should stay there because that's where a federal court was previously handling it.

Late Tuesday afternoon, Lt. Gov. Craig Campbell issued a statement responding to the lawsuit against him. He says “Let me again assure the public that I have the utmost trust in our Division of Elections. Director Gail Fenumiai and her team remained unbiased, professional and fair throughout this process. That is what the Alaskan people deserve and that is what they have received."

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