SAN JUAN – The presiding judge of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico, Maite Oronoz Rodríguez, expressed on Monday, her deep regret for the death of Judge Juan Rafael Torruella Del Valle.
“Judge Torruella was a great friend to me and my family. During almost forty years in the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, he was a forceful, strong and courageous voice in favor of Puerto Rico and the constitutional rights that protect all Puerto Ricans. His career was characterized by his unrestricted dedication to the cause of justice and his deep concern for equality and fairness ”, expressed Oronoz Rodríguez in written statements.
Judge Torruella Del Valle served on the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico as the legal officer of Associate Judge Pedro Pimentel. In 1974 he was appointed by President Gerald Ford to the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico, which he presided over between 1982 and 1984 when he was promoted to the First Circuit of the Boston Court of Appeals. In this way, he became the first and only Hispanic to hold a position in the First Circuit. During his productive and prestigious judicial career Torruella Del Valle published more than two thousand opinions. He is the author of several books including The Supreme Court and Puerto Rico: The Doctrine of Separate and Unequal and Global Intrigues: The Era of the Spanish-American War and the Rise of the United States to World Power, as well as numerous legal journal articles. on the constitutional and political situation of Puerto Rico.
“Puerto Rico loses a judge with a vast legal culture, proven neatness, and unwavering industry and courage. To Judy and her four children, our embrace of solidarity and the most heartfelt expression of mourning on the part of all of us in the Judicial Branch of Puerto Rico ”, indicated the presiding judge.