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Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justce resigns

Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric J. Magnuson

announced Thursday that he will leave the state's highest court

effective June 30.

Magnuson was appointed by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in March 2008.

"It has been my privilege to serve as Chief Justice of the Minnesota

Supreme Court for the past two years," Magnuson said in a letter to

Pawlenty. "I have found the position to be both challenging and

rewarding. However, for reasons personal to me and my family, I have

decided to step down and return to private practice."

As Chief Justice, Magnuson has served as chair of the Judicial Council,

the policy-making body of the Judicial Branch. Before joining the court

he had been an attorney and shareholder and Briggs and Morgan in

Minneapolis where he specialized in appellate law.

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