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Raymond Acosta

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Raymond Acosta
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Current Court Information:
District of Puerto Rico
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #3
Appointed by:   Ronald Reagan
Active:   9/30/1982 - 6/1/1994
Senior:   6/1/1994 - 2/1/2010
Preceded by:   Jose Toledo
Succeeded by:   Jay Garcia-Gregory
Personal History
Born:   May 31, 1925
Hometown:   New York, NY
Undergraduate:   Princeton, 1948
Law School:   Rutgers University Law, 1951
Military service:   U.S. Navy, 1943-1946

Raymond Acosta was a federal judge for the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. He joined the court in 1982 after being nominated by President Ronald Reagan. At the time of his appointment, he served as the District Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico. He assumed senior status on June 1, 1994. He retired from duty on February 1, 2010.[1]


Acosta graduated from Princeton University in 1948 and went on to graduate from Rutgers Law with his J.D. Degree in 1951.[1][2]

Military service

Acosta served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. He served in the European Theater and participated in the invasion at Normandy Beach on June 6, 1944. He was awarded a Commendation Medal.[2]

Professional career

Acosta began his legal career as a private practice attorney for the State of New Jersey from 1953 to 1954 before serving as a special agent in the FBI field offices in California, Washington, and Florida from 1954 to 1958. Next, Acosta joined the U.S. Attorney's Office as Assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Puerto Rico from 1958 to 1961. Acosta resumed private practice work from 1962 to 1980 before being nominated by President Jimmy Carter as U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico in 1980 and served in that role until 1982.[1]

Judicial career

District of Puerto Rico

On the recommendation of the Puerto Rican at-large Congressional delegation, Acosta was nominated by Ronald Reagan on September 9, 1982, to a seat vacated by Judge Jose Toledo. Acosta was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on September 29, 1982, and received commission on September 30, 1982. He assumed senior status on June 1, 1994.[1] Acosta was succeeded in this position by Judge Jay Garcia-Gregory. Acosta retired from duty on February 1, 2010.[2]

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Federal judicial offices
Preceded by:
Jose Toledo
District of Puerto Rico
Seat #3
Succeeded by:
Jay Garcia-Gregory