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Pawlenty picks new chief justice

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ST. PAUL - Eric Magnuson used to lead a commission that helped pick judges; now he is getting ready to become Minnesota's top judge.

Gov. Tim Pawlenty on Monday named the Minneapolis lawyer the state's chief justice, on June 1 replacing the retiring Russell Anderson.

Magnuson, 57, has been an appellate attorney, arguing cases in state Appeals and Supreme courts, as well as in the federal court system.

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