Judge candidates include Congdon grandson

Gov. Mark Dayton is considering three finalists to fill a judicial vacancy in the area that includes Anoka, Chisago, Isanti, Kanabec, Pine, Sherburne, Washington and Wright counties.

Richard LeRoy, Catherine McPherson and Matthew Quinn were recommended by the state Commission on Judicial Selection to replace Judge Dale E. Mossey, who has retired. The governor will interview them and make an appointment.

LeRoy is the grandson of Elisabeth Congdon, the Duluth heiress who was murdered in the 39-room Glensheen Mansion in Duluth in 1977. LeRoy’s mother, Marjorie Hagen, was accused of helping plan the murder but was acquitted by a jury in Hastings. Her then-husband, Roger Caldwell, ultimately confessed to the murders.

At the time, Richard LeRoy was 17 and lived in Colorado with his mother and Caldwell, his stepfather. Richard LeRoy was called to testify in the trials and said he believed Caldwell was actually in their Colorado hotel the night of the murders.

LeRoy said he didn’t want to comment while the appoinment process is pending.

The governor’s office provided these bios of the three candidates:

Richard LeRoy is a senior criminal litigation attorney and Juvenile Justice Project director with the Legal Rights Center. LeRoy has also worked as a volunteer staff attorney with the Legal Rights Center and served as a student attorney and law clerk with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. LeRoy is active in various church activities and has worked with the Food Outreach Program with Feed My Starving Children.

Catherine McPherson is an assistant county attorney and head of operations in Anoka County. Previously, she worked as an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law and as an assistant county attorney with the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office. McPherson is a member of the board of directors for Mediation Services of Anoka County and a volunteer mediator. She is also a past president of the 21st District Bar Association.

Matthew Quinn is the chief deputy county attorney at the Stearns County Attorney’s Office. He previously served as the first assistant Mille Lacs county attorney and was an associate attorney at Barna, Guzy & Steffen, Ltd. Quinn is a youth coach with the Lions Club of Santiago and is a volunteer with the Aircraft Owners & Pilots Association Airport Support Network.

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