As the new year ushers in a new administration in Puerto Rico, legal activists there are eagerly awaiting this year's NLG convention, which presents a unique opportunity for dialogue and solidarity. In its short tenure, the new government has brought some positive change, attempting to reverse some of the most draconian measures implemented by the previous conservative administration. Those include criminalizing dissent with prison terms for “obstructing” or “perturbing” public functions, universities, and lawmakers.
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — A jury in Puerto Rico has awarded $11.5 million in damages to the family of an unarmed man who was shot to death by police in 2007
The family of Miguel Caceres celebrated Friday’s verdict.
Three officers were charged in Caceres’ killing, which was caught on video.
Officer Javier Pagan Cruz was convicted of first-degree murder in 2008 and is serving 109 years in prison. The two other officers, Carlos Sustache Sustache and Zulma Diaz de Leon, were acquitted in 2011 of being accessories to murder.