Thursday, September 29, 2005

Blatz resigns

As the Senate confirmed Roberts as the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Minnesota's own Chief Justice quietly submitted her resignation to Gov. Pawlenty.

Minnesota's chief justice leaving state Supreme Court

Chief Justice Kathleen Blatz will step down from Minnesota's Supreme Court in January, the court announced Thursday.

Blatz has served as the state's top judicial officer since 1998 and has been on the high court since 1996. In a news release, Blatz said she wants to return to life as a private citizen.

"I will miss working with my colleagues on the important cases that come before,'' Blatz said. "I also will miss working on improving the administration of justice so that access to justice is a tangible reality for those who depend on the courts to decide life's most important controversies.''

Blatz was the first woman to hold the title chief justice. She was appointed to the position by former Republican Gov. Arne Carlson, who first made her a Hennepin County district judge and later an associate justice on the Supreme Court.

She previously served as a state legislator, elected to the House at age 24 and representing a Bloomington district for 24 years.

Blatz submitted a resignation letter to Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who will select a replacement.

(Source: Associated Press, Sept. 29, 2005)

RM wishes Ms. Blatz the best of luck returning to a private life. We'll try to keep you posted on who Pawlenty appoints.


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