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Monday, October 1, 2007

Looks like a good pool of finalists for appellate vacancies

A quick glance at the eight finalists for the three newly created seats on the Minnesota Court of Appeals tells me Gov. Tim Pawlenty has some good folks to pick from. The list includes:

-- Three District Court judges;
-- Three shareholders from private law firms;
-- One Chief Administrative Law judge (and former Tax Court judge); and
-- One chief public defender.

Hennepin County Chief Public Defender Lenny Castro (on right) probably has the greatest name recognition of everyone on the list due to the fact that he has a high-visibility job. He is also a really nice guy who would make an excellent choice.

But I really can't complain about any of the finalists. All of them have a lot of great experience that would add something to the mix. It looks like yet another job well-done by a Minnesota gubernatorial commission charged with vetting judicial applicants.

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