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Chief Justice Eric Magnuson stepping down from Minnesota Supreme Court

ST. PAUL -- 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.

Tellijohn reports for Forum Communications