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Judge Juan Torruella and the Denial of Equal Rights for Puerto Ricans

Juan Rafael Torruella del Valle, Sr. is a  judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. A native Puerto Rican, Judge Torruella is frequently sought out for his legal commentary on the treatment of Puerto Rico under the United States Constitution.  He is not happy with the failure of U.S. jurisprudence to evolve over the past 100 years.

Judge Torruella was born in San Juan and competed with the Puerto Rican sailing team in the Olympics four times, from 1964 to 1976.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Boston University Law School, Torruella  practiced law in Puerto Rico until being appointed to the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico by Gerald Ford and then to the First Circuit by Ronald Reagan.Read More »Judge Juan Torruella and the Denial of Equal Rights for Puerto Ricans

New Poll on Puerto Rico Governor Race

A new poll conducted by ASISA Research Group and reported on the El Vocero website has Governor Luis Fortuno pulling ahead of challenger Alejandro García Padilla by more than five percentage points:

  • Fortuno: 44.5%
  • Padilla: 39%
  • Undecided: 9%
  • Dalmau: 3.2%
  • Other candidates: <1% each

These results represent an increase of 11.5% for Fortuno since the last poll conducted by the company in July.Read More »New Poll on Puerto Rico Governor Race

Pierluisi Delivers Speech to Congress Regarding Plebiscite

Congressman Pedro Pierluisi delivered the following remarks in the House of Representatives this morning about the upcoming Political Status Plebiscite:

Mr. Speaker:

On November 6th, the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico will hold a plebiscite on the Island’s political future.  Voters will be asked if they want to continue the current status or to seek a new status.  Voters will also be asked to express their preference among the three alternatives to the current status recognized as legally and politically viable by the federal government and international law:  independence, nationhood in free association with the United States, and statehood.Read More »Pierluisi Delivers Speech to Congress Regarding Plebiscite