Court Paves Way for Rosselló to Serve as Puerto Rico Delegate in DC
SAN JUAN — The Puerto Rico Court of Appeals revoked a decision of a San Juan District Court judge who had disqualified former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares as a “shadow” delegate to the U.S. Congress in his party’s bid to obtain statehood for the island.
In a ruling issued Thursday by three judges, the higher court found that the previous judicial determination had been premature and without jurisdiction.
Rosselló had won the largest number of votes during an election held in May in which voters chose six delegates to lobby Congress for Puerto Rico’s annexation.
The Court of Appeals determined that Judge De León Ríos had acted without jurisdiction and prematurely by invalidating Rosselló’s win as a congressional delegate before his certification process had been completed by the State Elections Commission (CEE by its Spanish intials).
“It was not until the CEE issued the final election certificate that Rosselló Nevares would have been a [congressional] delegate, subject to the requirements required by Act 167-2020, prior to being sworn in,” read Thursday’s decision about why the judge had acted beyond her judicial authority.