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Lillehaug among 3 recommended for high court seat

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota's Commission on Judicial Selection has recommended three candidates to replace Supreme Court Justice Paul H. Anderson when he retires at the end of May.

They include former U.S. Attorney David Lillehaug and Court of Appeals Judge Edward Cleary. Both of them were central players in Minnesota's 2008 U.S. Senate race recount, and Lillehaug represented Gov. Mark Dayton in his 2010 recount win.

The third finalist is Appeals Judge Natalie Hudson, a former assistant attorney general and former St. Paul city attorney.

Dayton will now interview Lillehaug, Cleary and Hudson before making his appointment.

It will be the Democratic governor's second appointment to the state's highest court after Wilhelmina Wright last fall. Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty appointed four of the current justices, who'll remain on the seven-member court.

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