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Acting US Atty Named in Minnesota

Posted Jan 4, 2008 2:19 PM CDT
By Molly McDonough

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The Justice Department has named veteran prosecutor Frank Magill to take over as interim U.S. attorney in Minnesota.

He replaces the embattled Rachel Paulose, a move the Associated Press characterized as "replacing youth with experience."

Paulose, who when she was appointed was 32 and among the youngest U.S. attorneys ever, became a lightning rod for controversy, prompting senior members of her staff to resign their posts in protest last April. Paulose is leaving to take a job with Justice in Washington, D.C.

Magill, 48, formerly the first assistant U.S. attorney, takes the helm Jan. 6. He can remain acting U.S. attorney for up to 210 days.

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