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(Neb)-Former Sheridan County Attorney Finalist For Neb Supreme Court

By: John Axtell Posted at: 05/11/2018 12:40 AM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -  Former Sheridan County Attorney John Freudenberg is one of three finalists for the vacancy on the Nebraska Supreme Court created by the death of Justice John Wright.

     Also sent to Governor Pete Ricketts as finalists along with Freudenberg, named a district judge by Ricketts in April of last year, were attorneys Ryan Carson of Gibbon and James Doyle IV of Lexington.

     The 48-year old Freudenberg, a Chadron State College graduate who played basketball for the Eagles his first two years at the school, worked in private practice in Lincoln and Norfolk after graduating from the University of Nebraska College of Law.

     He then returned to the Panhandle in 1996 to join the Scotts Bluff County Attorney's office before moving to Sheridan County and becoming part of both the Smith and King law firm and the county attorney's office.

     Freudenberg was elected Sheridan County Attorney in 2003 and served as a special prosecutor for high profile cases across the Panhandle before resigning in late 2006 to join the attorney general's office where he eventually became chief of the Criminal Bureau.

     The new justice will serve for the 6th District, which covers roughly the western half of the state.Justice Wright was an attorney in Scottsbluff before being named to the Nebraska Court of Appeals in 1991 and to the Supreme Court the following year.


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