Saturday, October 31, 2009

Witches of San Juan

A true Halloween nightmare story...

Former Puerto Rico Governor Anibal Acevedo Vila, a Democrat, was targeted and indicted on nine charges by the Rove Republican Racket before the November elections of 2008. Because of the publicity, he lost the election.

As we reported in April, Acevedo was unanimously acquitted on all charges. This was a case of prosecutorial misconduct and poorly played politics.

Now on Halloween, comes word that the witch in charge of the political persecution acting U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez (pictured) was running a "girls club" and alledgedly discriminated against a male Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Main Justice writes:

Ex-Assistant U.S. Attorney Juan E. Milanes alleges that acting U.S. Attorney Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, a Bush holdover, retaliated against him when he complained about a “hostile work environment,” according to a court filing. Rodriguez-Velez allegedly treated Milanes differently than members of the “Girls Club,” an informal group of the U.S. Attorney’s office friends, the court document said.

D.C. U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler summarized the allegations in an opinion below on her decision to transfer the case from the D.C. U.S. District Court to the Puerto Rico U.S. District Court. Milanes filed the lawsuit in D.C.

Plaintiff was assigned to the Narcotics Unit while in Puerto Rico, where his superior was the Unit’s Deputy Chief, Jeanette Mercado. Plaintiff alleges that Mercado created a hostile work environment. When Plaintiff complained about his work environment, Rosa Emilia Rodriguez-Velez, Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico, allegedly retaliated by denying Plaintiff’s children the benefit of having the Department pay for them to attend an English-language school in Puerto Rico, while still giving that benefit to her friends in a ‘Girls Club’ at the office. Plaintiff allegedly was further retaliated against when Mercado assigned him the oldest and weakest narcotics cases, threatened him with disciplinary action, and attempted to sabotage his trial work.

Nominated in 2007, Rodriguez-Velez was never voted on by the full U.S. Senate because of the Acevedo prosecution and thus has been serving only as an acting U.S. Attorney.

Trick or treat!