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Jury Acquits Ex-Puerto Rico Gov. Vila on Money Laundering and Lying to the FBI

Ex-Gov Vila

Ex-Gov Vila

This is a big loss for the U.S. Attorney’s office. The ex-governor was charged in an election, which many say contributed to his loss. Now he’s turned out to be the victor. Go figure.

By The Associated Press
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – A jury found Puerto Rico’s former governor not guilty Friday on all nine counts including conspiracy, money laundering and lying to the FBI, concluding his monthlong corruption trial.

Anibal Acevedo Vila, who could have faced 20 years in prison if convicted, was the first governor to be charged with a crime since the island became a semiautonomous U.S. commonwealth in 1952.

Acevedo made the sign of the cross as he heard the verdict and began to cry, as did former adviser Luisa Inclan, who was also cleared of similar charges.

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