José A. Fusté

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José A. Fusté
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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
In office
October 28, 1985 – June 1, 2016
Appointed by Ronald Reagan
Preceded by Juan R. Torruella
Personal details
Born José Antonio Fusté
(1943-11-03) November 3, 1943 (age 74)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
Education University of Puerto Rico (B.B.A.)
University of Puerto Rico School of Law (LL.B.)

José Antonio Fusté (born November 3, 1943) is a former United States District Judge and former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Education and career[edit]

Born on November 3, 1943, in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Fusté received a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Puerto Rico in 1965, and a Bachelor of Laws 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.[1]

Federal judicial service[edit]

On September 27, 1985, Fusté was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico vacated by Judge 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. He retired from active service on June 1, 2016.[1]

Appointment[edit]

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 United States Attorney as of 2014.

Withdrawal from the bar[edit]

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
Juan R. Torruella
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
1985–2016
Vacant
Preceded by
Hector Manuel Laffitte
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
2004–2011
Succeeded by
Aida Delgado-Colon