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September 21, 2014

Dayton to make another Minn. Supreme Court appointment as Anderson announces retirement

The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced Friday that Minnesota Supreme Court Associate Justice Paul H. Anderson has informed Gov. Mark Dayton that will be retiring in May.

Anderson will be turning 70 then, which is the mandatory age of retirement for a state Supreme Court justice in Minnesota.

As a result of the announcement, Dayton has asked his Commission on Judicial Selection to aid in the review and selection process for this vacancy, the court said.

The appointment will be Dayton’s second. He also appointed Justice Wilhelmina Wright, who took her oath in October.

According to the Pioneer Press, three finalists for Wright’s post could be considered again when Anderson retires: Hennepin County Judge Tanya Bransford, state Appeals Court Judge Margaret Chutich and former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug.