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Dayton appoints Lillehaug to state Supreme Court

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Gov. Mark Dayton on Tuesday appointed former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug for the Minnesota Supreme Court.

Lillehaug is an attorney with the Minneapolis firm Fredrikson & Byron. He works on behalf of clients on "a variety of sensitive matters at the intersection of law, business, and government," his company bio says. Here's a resume.

Lillehaug is a former adviser to high-profile Minnesota DFL politicians including Walter Mondale and Paul Wellstone. He represented Dayton during his 2010 election recount and Sen. Al Franken in the 2008-2009 Senate race recount.

A lengthy 1996 CityPages profile of Lillehaug examined another high-profile moment from his career – his role in prosecuting the case of Qubilah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X. She had been accused of taking part in a plot to kill Louis Farrakhan. The case ended in a plea agreement and no prison time for her.

Dayton is looking to fill the seat of Justice Paul Anderson, who reaches the mandatory retirement age of 70 in May.

Dayton was mulling three finalists, who included Appeals Court Judge Edward Cleary and Appeals Court Judge Natalie Hudson.

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