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Governor won’t withdraw Díaz Reverón’s appeals court appointment

By John McPhaul

Despite the fact that a negative report will be issued for the appointment to the Court of Appeals of former judge Jorge Díaz Reverón, Gov. Pedro Pierluisi Urrutia said Monday that he will not withdraw the nomination.

“I do not withdraw appointments unless the nominee asks me to,” the governor said to questions from the press. “If someone asks me to withdraw his/her appointment, I am willing to do so.”

The governor’s statement was in response to the warning by Senate President José Luis Dalmau Santiago that in the next few days the full Senate will vote on a negative report on the appointment of Díaz Reverón, the husband of former Gov. Wanda Vázquez Garced.

Díaz Reverón’s appointment has been submitted by the governor on three occasions and withdrawn in two instances, because the Senate did not vote on it.

Dalmau Santiago announced on Monday that he will make a negative report on the confirmation of Díaz Reverón for the Court of Appeals.

“What is to be done is to make a report, and I tell you in advance that if a report from the [Appointments] Committee is made, it is a negative report,” Dalmau Santiago said in a radio interview. “So before anyone asks, because it has been an appointment that has caused a lot of discussion, I would prefer that this appointment be taken care of by the full body and at some point I will include it in the calendar so that the plenary can express itself.”

Dalmau Santiago meanwhile insisted on his refusal to fill the vacancy in the Supreme Court, alleging that there are other positions that must be filled first and that the governor has not filled them. He reiterated that in his opinion, so many justices are not necessary today.

“The position that the Popular Party has always had is that there is no need to increase the number of justices of the Supreme Court from 7 to 9,” he said. “It is the justices of the Supreme Court who have to request that the number of justices be increased or reduced. The Legislative Assembly cannot do it or ask for it, but the Legislative Assembly can not fill a vacancy, sending the message that they [seats on the Supreme Court] can be reduced in the future.”

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