Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Puerto Rico: César Miranda Replaces Attorney General After Ethical Conflict of Interest

According to The Latin American Tribune, César Miranda on Monday (January 13) was named Puerto Rico’s new attorney general, replacing Luís Sánchez Betances, who resigned last month after becoming involved in a scandal stemming from his intervention in the drunk-driving arrest of a former law partner.

Miranda will begin his new duties on Monday (January 20) after being confirmed by the legislature, Gov. Alejandro García Padilla told a press conference.

Sánchez Betances resigned on December 31 under public pressure after he acknowledged having visited Jaime Sifre Rodríguez at the police station where he was being held after a DUI arrest. 

COMMENT: An associate dean at the University of Puerto Rico Law School, Miranda was also assistant attorney general during the administration of Governor Rafáel Hernández Colón.

Governor Hernández Colón, one of Puerto Rico's longest serving governors, served as governor during his affiliation with the PDP.