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Leondra R. Kruger appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to state Supreme Court
Leondra R. Kruger appointed by Gov. Jerry Brown to state Supreme Court

Leondra R. Kruger, a "quiet toiler" who became a rising legal star and top Obama administration lawyer, was appointed Monday to the California Supreme Court. In choosing Kruger, Gov. Jerry Brown once again picked an unconventional candidate without judicial experience. Kruger, 38, grew up in Los Angeles County but spent most of her adult life outside the state. She will be the one of the youngest justices in modern times to serve on the court, and some legal analysts say she may one day end up on the U.S. Supreme Court. Santa Clara University law professor Gerald Uelmen, an expert on the state's highest court, called the appointment a "mind blower" —...

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