Law students present amendments to penal code
By The Star Staff
A group of law students from Pontifical Catholic University of Ponce have presented a series of amendments to Law 146-2012, better known as the “Penal Code of Puerto Rico,” among which are the authentication of evidence in the face of current technological changes, correcting erroneous interpretations due to translations into the Spanish language of codes imported from other states, and tempering certain legal figures to the current reality, among other things.
About 50 law students visited the Capitol earlier this week for an informal “public hearing” in the historic Leopoldo Figueroa Courtroom.
The “hearing” was presided over by at-large Sen. Keren Riquelme Cabrera, the facilitator of the student conclave.
“The fact that these students want to get involved in improving our legal system is very important for the development of Puerto Rico,” the senator said. “They want to contribute from now on and we are going to help them, because our island needs them.’
The student group was led by law professor Octavio Capó.
The meeting, which lasted several hours on Tuesday, was also attended by former Senate president and current New Progressive Party minority leader in the upper chamber, Thomas Rivera Schatz, at-large Sen. William Villafañe Ramos and District 22 Rep. Jorge Alfredo Rivera Segarra.