Republican Norm Coleman officially filed an appeal to the state Supreme Court Monday after a three-judge panel declared Al Franken the rightful winner of the empty Senate seat. The state Supreme Court will request briefs from each side and then proceed with the case, Coleman attorneys said in a Monday telephone conference. Coleman's team said they expect the case to be "expedited," meaning oral arguments could start in as soon as two weeks. However, the state Supreme Court is not required to hear oral arguments on the appeal. ColemanâÄôs team is arguing equal protection âÄî which states that all citizens should be treated equally under state law. Coleman attorney Ben Ginsberg sa id the judges denied numerous votes by being more stringent toward determining eligible ballots during the trial than local officials were during the recount. âÄúMinnesota is a state that believes in enfranchising, not disenfranchising, voters,âÄù Ginsberg said Monday. âÄúThere is a principle at play here.âÄù ColemanâÄôs attorneys said the remaining 4,400 absentee ballots they wish to have counted come from Coleman-supporting precincts, and could swing the election in his favor. ColemanâÄôs appeal also states that the 132 missing ballots from a Dinkytown precinct should not be counted because they could not be found during the recount. However, the three-judge panel ruled that there was no foul play and the votes should count. Franken attorney Marc Elias said in a conference call Monday that despite the Coleman team stating that they want to enfranchise voters, their appeal asks to remove votes. âÄúWhen it comes to disenfranchisement, no one holds a candle to the legal team put together by former Sen. Coleman,âÄù Elias said, adding that taking votes away from Dinkytown was a âÄúflat out, no questions asked attempt to disenfranchise [Dinkytown] voters.âÄù Elias said their legal team plans to file a motion to the state Supreme Court tomorrow to expedite the review and have all briefs due within the first week of May. âÄúWhat we have now is the death throes of the Coleman legal effort,âÄù Elias said. He said he expects the state Supreme Court to come to the same ruling as the three-judge panel âÄî that Franken won. David Schultz, professor at Hamline University and a nationally-recognized expert on politics, said he doesnâÄôt expect the state Supreme Court to make a ruling before Memorial Day. Schultz said the state Supreme Court will most likely uphold the judgeâÄôs ruling. âÄúThe three-judge panel did a very good job in its opinion, and what Coleman is asking is the higher court to disagree,âÄù he said. âÄúI donâÄôt think thatâÄôs going to happen.âÄù ItâÄôs not going to happen, Shultz said, mainly because Coleman has failed to provide enough evidence to prove that there was an issue with state voting that affected the outcome of the election. There is a chance that Coleman could take the case to the U.S. Supreme Court, but Schultz said itâÄôs unlikely. If the federal Supreme Court picked up the case, it could take until this fall to seat a senator.