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.