Dayton ready to name latest pick for state’s highest court

Published 9:51 am Tuesday, June 28, 2016

ST. PAUL — Gov. Mark Dayton has his latest pick ready for Minnesota’s highest court.

The governor was expected to name the newest justice to the Supreme Court Tuesday morning. His pick will mean he has selected a majority of the seven-member court.

A judicial commission has forwarded three names for Dayton to consider for the post: Minnesota Court of Appeals Chief Judge Cleary, District Court Judge James Florey and District Court Judge Anne McKeig. The governor doesn’t have to choose from those candidates, but he generally has.

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Dayton’s choice will replace Associate Justice Christopher Dietzen, who announced his plans to retire in March. The Pawlenty appointee will step down at the end of August as he approaches the mandatory retirement age of 70.