Francisco Besosa

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Francisco Besosa
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Assumed office
September 27, 2006
Appointed by George W. Bush
Preceded by Juan Manuel Perez-Gimenez
Personal details
Born 1949 (age 65–66)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Spouse(s) Enid Martínez Moya
Alma mater Brown University
Georgetown University Law Center

Francisco Augusto Besosa Stubbe, (born 1949) is a Federal district judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Besosa received an A.B. from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island in 1971, then served for six years in the United States Army before receiving a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. in 1979.

After a long career as an attorney, including a stint as Assistant U.S. Attorney from 1983 to 1986, he was appointed by President George W. Bush to the federal bench on May 16, 2006, to fill the vacancy on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico created by Juan Manuel Pérez-Gimenez taking on senior status as a Senior District Court Judge. Besosa was confirmed by the United States Senate on September 25, 2006 and received his commission two days later.

Judge Besosa'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.

The judge has handled several prominent cases during his judicial career. On May 17, 2011 he sentenced former Senate of Puerto Rico Majority Leader Jorge De Castro Font to five years in prison and three years probation after convicting him for numerous public corruption cases.[1] Previously, he presided over the trial of former senator Héctor Martínez, whom he sentenced to a four-year federal prison term.[2]

He is married to a Puerto Rico Superior Court Judge, Enid Martínez Moya. His son Francisco, a Tulane University School of Law graduate, is an attorney in private practice.


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