Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson has been tabbed to help lead recount litigation efforts for GOP gubernatorial nominee Tom Emmer and the Republican Party of Minnesota.
Magnuson, who retired from his chief justice post in March, will join Minnesota GOP Counsel Michael Toner, Republican Party chairman Tony Sutton announced Tuesday. Magnuson was also a member of the State Canvasing Board.
“Eric is an enormously talented litigator who is independent minded, thoughtful and substantive,” Sutton said in a statement. “As a former member of the State Canvassing Board, Eric understands the issues at stake during this process. Eric is a tremendous addition to our legal team, and I know he will do his part to make certain that every legally cast vote is counted.”
Magnuson was anointed to the bench by Gov. Tim Pawlenty in 2008. He was part of the three-member State Canvassing Board that certified DFLer Al Franken‘s Senate recount victory over Norm Coleman in early 2009. He also broke from Pawlenty in the 4-3 Supreme Court ruling that found the governor overstepped his budgetary authority by unilaterally cutting $2.7 billion from the state budget last year. Magnuson, Pawlenty’s former law partner, also penned the ruling.