Hector Manuel Laffitte

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Hector Manuel Laffitte

Hector Manuel Laffitte (born 1934) is a former United States federal judge.

Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Laffitte received a B.A. from Polytechnic Institute of Puerto Rico (now Interamerican University) in 1955, an LL.B. from the University of Puerto Rico Law School in 1959, and an LL.M. from Georgetown University Law Center in 1960. He was in private practice in Puerto Rico from 1960 to 1983.

On May 26, 1983, Laffitte was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico vacated by Hernan G. Pesquera. Laffitte was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 26, 1983, and received his commission on July 27, 1983. He served as chief judge from 1999 to 2004, assuming senior status on November 15, 2005. Laffitte served in that capacity until his retirement from the bench on February 16, 2007.

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