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Published December 21, 2010, 03:24 PM

ND Supreme Court Rebuffs Conrad Recall Attempt

North Dakota's Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to force a recall election for U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad. The court ruled Tuesday that North Dakota's Constitution doesn't allow for the recall of a U.S. senator.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota's Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to force a recall election for U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad.

The court ruled Tuesday that North Dakota's Constitution doesn't allow for the recall of a U.S. senator.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger had refused to approve a recall petition against the Democratic senator, drafted by a group called Recall ND.

The group sued Jaeger, asking the Supreme Court to order Jaeger to take action on the petition. The high court rejected the request in a unanimous opinion on Tuesday.

Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem issued a legal opinion earlier, saying the recall wasn't allowed.

Jaeger and Stenehjem are Republicans. The Supreme Court's opinion was written by Justice Dale Sandstrom, who is a former Republican state public service commissioner.

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