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Nader's court case in Oregon

AP reports: A judge weighing whether Ralph Nader should be on the presidential ballot in Oregon said the state seems inconsistent in applying rules for independent candidates.

Marion Circuit Judge Paul Lipscomb made the comment Wednesday during a hearing on a lawsuit by supporters of Nader. They seek to overturn Secretary of State Bill Bradbury's decision to disqualify Nader from the ballot because of petitioning errors.

Lipscomb said he would issue a ruling Thursday.

Nader supporters turned in more than 18,000 signatures, but Bradbury last week invalidated several thousand because of irregularities on petition sheets. That left Nader 218 signatures short of the 15,306 needed to put him on the Nov. 2 ballot. -- Judge weighs Nader's ballot bid (AP via kgw.com)