Puerto Rico's top law enforcer resigns

AP News
Posted: Dec 23, 2009 5:12 PM

Puerto Rico's top law enforcement official is resigning after less than a year in office, amid criticism about violent crime in the U.S. territory.

Justice Secretary Antonio Sagardia is stepping down to return to private practice as a lawyer. Gov. Luis Fortuno announced Sagardia's departure from the island's Justice Department on Wednesday.

This year has been one of Puerto Rico's most violent in recent history with more than 870 people killed so far.

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Sagardia has not returned calls or an e-mail seeking comment.