José A. Fusté

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José A. Fusté
José Antonio Fusté.jpg
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
In office
2004–2011
Preceded by Hector Manuel Laffitte
Succeeded by Aida Delgado-Colon
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Incumbent
Assumed office
October 28, 1985
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Juan R. Torruella
Personal details
Born 1943 (age 70–71)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Alma mater University of Puerto Rico
University of Puerto Rico School of Law

Judge José Antonio Fusté (born 1943 in San Juan, Puerto Rico), is a United States District Judge and former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Fusté received a B.B.A. from the University of Puerto Rico in 1965, and an LL.B. from the University of Puerto Rico Law School in 1968. He was in private practice in San Juan from 1968 to 1985, and began teaching Admiralty law at the University of Puerto Rico in 1972.

On September 27, 1985, he was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico vacated by Juan R. Torruella. Fusté was confirmed by the United States Senate on October 25, 1985, and received his commission on October 28, 1985. He served as Chief Judge from 2004 to 2011.

In October, 2007, Chief Judge Fusté appointed acting United States Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodríguez to a four-year extension of her term,[citation needed] and she has remained the U.S. Attorney as of 2014.

Judge Fusté's request to withdraw as a member of the Puerto Rico Bar Association, a compulsory membership organization, was approved by the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico.

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Hector Manuel Laffitte
Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
October 28, 1985 – 2011
Succeeded by
Aida Delgado
Preceded by
Juan R. Torruella
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
1985–present
Incumbent