United States: U.S. justices skeptical of Puerto Rican politician’s bribery appeal

Author(s): Lawrence Hurley | Date: October 4, 2016 | Language: English
Source: http://www.reuters.com/ | URL: https://goo.gl/NkoTmF | Type: Text

The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday appeared ready to rule against a Puerto Rican politician who maintained he cannot be retried on corruption charges involving a trip to Las Vegas to watch a boxing bout after his original conviction was thrown out.
The eight justices heard the first oral argument of their new term in the appeal filed by Hector Martinez Maldonado, who served in Puerto Rico’s Senate from 2005 until his 2011 conviction, and businessman Juan Bravo Fernandez, former president of a private security company.
Several justices expressed skepticism about the defendants’ arguments.
Bravo Fernandez sought to bribe Martinez Maldonado to win passage of bills that would benefit his business, according to prosecutors.

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