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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

First Circuit held federal court lacked jurisdiction to hear Puerto Rico election dispute

On December 15, 2004, the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled that the Puerto Rico Supreme Court, not the US District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, should have jurisdiction on a case concerning disputed ballots in the US territory's November 2004 gubernatorial election. Following the ruling, Popular Democratic Party (PDP) candidate Anibal Acevedo Vila was announced as the winner. Acevedo Vila was later indicted and acquitted on federal corruption charges.

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