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Nebraska Assistant Attorney General John Freudenberg testifies during a hearing Thursday at the Capitol before a special legislative committee regarding prison sentence miscalculations.

A former assistant Nebraska attorney general who's spent just more than a year as a Lancaster County judge has been tapped to fill an empty seat on the state's highest court.

Gov. Pete Ricketts named Judge John Freudenberg to fill the Nebraska Supreme Court seat vacated by Justice John Wright, who died in March.

In April 2017, Ricketts appointed Freudenberg, then the Criminal Bureau chief for the Nebraska Attorney General's Office, to the bench in Lancaster County.

The 48-year-old received his law degree from the University of Nebraska and was admitted to the state and federal bar in 1995.

Before he started working for the Attorney General's Office in 2007, he served as county attorney in Sheridan County and was a partner at a private firm in Gordon, according to his resume.

In a news release, a spokesman for Ricketts noted Freudenberg has handled both civil and criminal cases in his time as a county court judge.

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“Judge Freudenberg brings extensive experience from the state and local level with him to the Supreme Court,” Ricketts said in a news release. “His understanding of the law and history of working with partners across the justice system in Nebraska will be an asset to the court and its diverse body of work.”

Freudenberg's appointment takes effect July 6.

With the appointment, Ricketts has now named four of the high court's seven judges. Another Ricketts appointment, Max Kelch, resigned in February and has since been replaced.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2657 or rjohnson@journalstar.com.

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Riley Johnson reports on breaking news and public safety issues in Lincoln and southeast Nebraska.

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