Friday, December 10, 2004

Puerto Rico's Electoral Cases before the First Circuit & Comments on the Hipocrisy of Those Complaining against Hon. Daniel R. Domínguez

The First Circuit Court of Appeals has set up a page in its website here with links to all documents filed related to the Puerto Rico Electoral Cases.

Oral argument before the First Circuit is set for Monday, December 13, 2004 at 10 a.m. in the en banc courtroom on the 7 floor of the John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse in Boston, Massachusetts: Rossello-Gonzalez v. Calderon, No. 04-2610; Rossello-Gonzalez v. The Puerto Rico Electoral Commission, No. 04-2611; In Re:Gerardo A. Cruz, No. 04-2612; and In Re: Comision Estatal de Elecciones, No. 04-2613.

We have read a report of some sort of judicial complaint filed against Judge Domínguez by a non-party to any of the cases, alleging that he should not be hearing the electoral cases because the son of one of the candidates -former Governor Rossello- was a law clerk for Judge Domínguez. Funny that none of the parties have requested recusal. I wonder if this "concerned" citizen went to Puerta de Tierra and filed a similar complaint regarding Supreme Court Chief Justice Federico Hernández-Denton, for whom the other candidate, Anibal Acevedo-Vila, clerked at one time. I doubt the concerned citizen did any such thing, but I mention it because I am seeing and hearing too many persons who should know better, make cheap attacks against a highly regarded and impartial federal judge. There are good legal arguments on all sides, and we do not need to wreck our institutions for short term political agendas. Shame on that "concerned" citizen for being such a hypocrite!