PORTLAND — A lawyer for former independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader says the consumer advocate wants a Maine jury to hear his lawsuit from the 2004 election now that it’s been reinstated by the state’s high court.

Attorney Oliver Hall said Thursday that Nader will continue to pursue his claims that Democrats and others conspired to try to keep him off the ballot in Maine and more than a dozen other states.

Nader sued in Maine after the statute of limitations expired on his federal lawsuit in Washington, D.C. His Maine lawsuit was initially tossed, but was reinstated on Thursday.

Nader claims the Democratic Party and several allies orchestrated a nationwide effort against him. Many Democrats blame Nader for siphoning away votes in an election won by Republican George W. Bush.


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