Opinión – Honorable Juan R. Torruella

Opinión - Honorable Juan R. Torruella confirmando decisión del Honorable Gustavo Gelpí

United States Court of Appeals
For the First Circuit

No. 19-1390

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
Plaintiff, Appellant,

v.

JOSÉ LUIS VAELLO-MADERO,
Defendant, Appellee.

 

APPEAL FROM THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT

FOR THE DISTRICT OF PUERTO RICO

[Hon. Gustavo A. Gelpí, U.S. District Judge]

 

Before

Howard, Chief Judge, Torruella
and Thompson, Circuit Judges.

 

Michael Shih, Attorney, Appellate Staff, Civil Division, U.S. Department of Justice, with whom Laura E. Myron, Attorney, Appellate Staff, Joseph H. Hunt, Assistant Attorney General, and Abby C. Wright, Attorney, Appellate Staff, were on brief, for appellant.

Hermann Ferré, with whom Juan O. Perla, Robert Groot, Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle LLP, and John W. Ferré-Crossley, were on brief, for appellee.

Dwyer Arce, and Kutak Rock LLP, on brief for Virgin Islands Bar Association, amicus curiae.

Carlos Lugo-Fiol, and Isaías Sánchez-Báez, Solicitor General of Puerto Rico, on brief for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, amicus curiae.

Verónica Ferraiuoli-Hornedo, on brief for Hon. Jenniffer A. González-Colón, Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico, amicus curiae.

Gregorio Igartúa, on brief for himself, amicus curiae.

 

April 10, 2020