Anibal Acevedo Vila, Former Governor of Puerto Rico

Anibal Acevedo Vila, Former Governor of Puerto Rico

Sometimes how the United States Government works may seem a little cumbersome to those of you who live in the fifty states. But if you think some processes are a bit fuzzy on the mainland, they’re even more muddled for disputes between the United States and it’s commonwealths and territories who lack full representation in Congress and the same rights and privileges as the states.

This week, in the Federal Court for the District of Puerto Rico, the matter of United States of America v. Anibal Acevedo Vila, et als, takes center stage. Acevedo Vila is the former Governor of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, who served from 2004 until 2008.

The Case
Anibal Acevedo Vila was the Governor of Puerto Rico from 2004 to 2008, and was the Resident Commissioner from 2000 to 2004.  The Resident Commissioner is the elected official that represents the interests of Puerto Rico in the United States Congress.  For the last three years of his Gubernatorial term, he was the target of a Federal Investigation that included a review of his college transcripts, and the Law Review articles that he wrote.

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Vice President Elect Joe Biden

Okay – So, we know that Joe Biden won re-election to Senator in his home state of Delaware. He also won the election with Obama as the Vice President. Can he be both a Senator and the Vice President at the same time?

I know you guys are smart enough to realize he can’t hold both positions. But – what happens now? Does he become the Vice President or the Senator to Delaware? That actually is up to him. He’d be pretty stupid to turn down the VP – but – that is an option. But, for purposes of this discussion, we’re going to assume that he does indeed accept the VP position. So – what happens to his Senatorial seat?

This goes to the very heart of our Constitution and the way our system of government was originally designed. Under Article I, Section 6 it states:



No Senator or Representative shall, during the time for which he was elected, be appointed to any civil office under the authority of the United States, which shall have been created, or the emoluments whereof shall have been increased during such time: and no person holding any office under the United States, shall be a member of either House during his continuance in office.

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