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Juan Manuel Pérez-Giménez (born March 28, 1941) is a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico.

Juan Pérez-Giménez
Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
Assumed office
March 28, 2006
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
In office
1984–1991
Preceded byJuan R. Torruella
Succeeded byGilberto Gierbolini-Ortiz
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
In office
December 6, 1979 – March 28, 2006
Appointed byJimmy Carter
Preceded bySeat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Succeeded byFrancisco Besosa
Personal details
Born
Juan Manuel Pérez-Giménez

(1941-03-28) March 28, 1941 (age 78)
San Juan, Puerto Rico
EducationUniversity of Puerto Rico (B.A.)
George Washington University (M.B.A.)
University of Puerto Rico School of Law (LL.B.)

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Education and careerEdit

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Pérez-Giménez received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puerto Rico in 1963, a Master of Business Administration from George Washington University in 1965, and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Puerto Rico School of Law in 1968. He was in private practice San Juan from 1968 to 1971, and was then an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico from 1971 to 1975. He was a United States Magistrate Judge for the District of Puerto Rico from 1975 to 1979.[1]

Federal judicial serviceEdit

On October 23, 1979, Pérez-Giménez was nominated by President Jimmy Carter to a new seat on the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico created by 92 Stat. 1629. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on December 5, 1979, and received his commission the following day. He served as Chief Judge from 1984 to 1991, and assumed senior status on March 28, 2006.[1]

Controversial caseEdit

On October 21, 2014, Pérez-Giménez upheld Puerto Rico's ban on same-sex marriage, but the 1st Circuit sent the case back to the trial court after the Supreme Court's June 2015 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges striking down marriage bans nationwide. The appeals court ordered Pérez-Giménez to "further consider" the matter "in light of Obergefell," adding that the appeals court judges "agree with the parties…that the ban is unconstitutional." Nonetheless, in March 2016, Pérez-Giménez upheld the ban for a second time, ruling that the Supreme Court's ruling does not apply to a territory like Puerto Rico. On April 7, 2016, the Court of Appeals overturned Pérez-Giménez' ruling, stating that it "errs in so many respects that it is hard to know where to begin." The case was assigned to a different judge for final disposition.[citation needed]

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Legal offices
Preceded by
Seat established by 92 Stat. 1629
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
1979–2006
Succeeded by
Francisco Besosa
Preceded by
Juan R. Torruella
Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Puerto Rico
1984–1991
Succeeded by
Gilberto Gierbolini-Ortiz