Minn. Senate attorneys want Brodkorb suit tossed

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A federal magistrate is weighing whether to dismiss the lawsuit filed by a fired Minnesota Senate aide.

Magistrate Arthur Boylan heard arguments Wednesday after a list of alleged Capitol affairs was accidentally released. It came in the case of Michael Brodkorb, who is trying to prove he was treated unfairly when he was fired for his affair with the GOP Senate leader.

Senate attorneys say the fact a list alleging other Capitol affairs became public makes it tougher for them to present a defense. They want the case thrown out or some evidence excluded as the lawsuit heads toward potential trial.

At a minimum, Senate attorney Dayle Nolan says Brodkorb’s side should pay attorney’s fees for dealing with what she called “a fiasco.”

Brodkorb’s lawyers say the disclosure was accidental.

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