Appeals Court paves the way for Rosselló to serve as statehood lobbyist


By The Star Staff


The island Court of Appeals ruled on Tuesday to allow the certification of former Gov. Ricardo Rosselló Nevares as a pro-statehood delegate to the U.S. Congress to proceed, overturning a lower court decision issued last week.


“After evaluating the Motion in aid of jurisdiction presented on Friday, July 2 … together with the positions in opposition to it presented today, the first one is declared to be current,” the Appeals Court ruling reads. “Consequently, the continuation of he processes leading to the certification of the election of Ricardo A. Rosselló Nevares is authorized.”


“This Court will resolve the merits of the expedient appeal,” adds the document.


Last week, San Juan Superior Court Judge Rebeca de León decided not to allow the State Elections Commission to certify the former governor because he did not live in either Puerto Rico or Washington, D.C. Rosselló was the leading vote-getter as a write-in candidate in the May special election to select delegates to lobby for statehood in the U.S. Capitol.


Earlier in the day, Rossello’s attorney, Roxanna Soto Aguilú, went directly to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court to file a legal petition seeking the high court’s intervention with the case prior to the Appeals Court ruling in favor of the New Progressive Party’s petition.


“We came to the Puerto Rico Supreme Court to defend the intent of the voter and the fiduciary regulatory responsibility that the State Elections Commission never exercised,” Soto Aguilú said. “Long live democracy and if this is my last day practicing in this profession, I gave my best to achieve a better Puerto Rico.”