In the last big recount round of 2008, Eric Magnuson was the state Supreme Court chief justice and served on the Minnesota Canvassing Board that ultimately awarded the contested U.S. Senate seat to Al Franken.
Today, the Republican Party of Minnesota announced that Magnuson, who retired from the court June 30 to return to private practice, will join the Tom Emmer recount team as chief litigator.
Said Republican Party of Minnesota Chairman Tony Sutton in a statement:
“I’m very pleased to announce that former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson will serve as lead litigator for Emmer for Governor and the Republican Party of Minnesota. Eric is an enormously talented litigator who is independent minded, thoughtful and substantive. 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.”