Maine court hears Ralph Nader appeal

By DAVID SHARP | September 14, 2011 | 7:00 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Years after his failed presidential bid, Ralph Nader's legal team went before Maine's highest court in what could be his final bid to sue Democrats and others he claims conspired to keep him off the 2004 ballot in Maine and more than a dozen other states.

An attorney for the consumer advocate asked the court Wednesday to reinstate Nader's case accusing Democratic leaders of scheming to use the courts to sabotage him. The attorney said the judge who threw out the lawsuit in November shouldn't have allowed Democrats to invoke a Maine law that targets meritless lawsuits aimed at silencing activists.

A lawyer for the Democratic Party said the law was applied properly.

Nader said he is pursuing the case because he wants a jury to hear it.