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