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Judge candidates named for Hennepin County openings

Gov. Mark Dayton is looking at three candidates to fill two judicial vacancies in Hennepin County.

There will be interviews with the three, who were recommended by the Commission on Judicial Selection, before the two new judges are announced.

The candidates, with bios from the governor’s office, are:

Nancy Brasel, an assistant U.S. attorney for the Department of Justice in Minneapolis, where she handles cases related to economic crime, narcotics and firearms. Previously, she was a partner at Greene Espel PLLP conducting cases related to business and employment litigation matters. Brasel is a former chair of the Board of Directors of the Domestic Abuse Project. She has also served on the Board of Directors of Minnesota Women Lawyers.

Phil Carruthers, the director of the Civil Division at the Ramsey County Attorney’s office where he represents several departments, including the Charter Commission and Budgeting & Accounting. He served as the speaker of the Minnesota House of Representatives while maintaining a private law practice. He was a board member of Project Remand, the president of the North Hennepin Mediation Program and treasurer of the Brooklyn Historical Society.

Elizabeth Cutter, a senior assistant Hennepin County attorney where she is responsible for supervising felony domestic violence prosecution. She previously served as a special assistant attorney general for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office. Cutter is the outgoing president of Minnesota Women Lawyers and is a member of the enrollee appeals panel for Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association.

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