No. 90-1513.

932 F.2d 1015 (1991)

Rafael L. BALAGUER-SANTIAGO, Plaintiff, Appellee, v. Hon. Jaime TORRES-GAZTAMBIDE, etc., et al., Defendants, Appellants.

United States Court of Appeals, First Circuit.

Decided May 14, 1991.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Carlos del Valle with whom Olivette Sagebien, Ramirez & Ramirez, Hector Rivera Cruz, Secretary of Justice, and Jorge Perez Diaz, Sol. Gen., were on brief for defendants, appellants.

Frank Rodriguez-Garcia with whom Francisco J. Rodriguez Juarbe, was on brief for plaintiff, appellee.

Before CAMPBELL, TORRUELLA and CYR, Circuit Judges.

CYR, Circuit Judge.

After Rafael Balaguer-Santiago was demoted from his supervisory position with the Puerto Rico Rural Housing Administration ("RHA") within weeks of the 1984 gubernatorial election, he commenced a civil rights action under 42 U.S.C. § 1983, claiming that the adverse personnel action was politically motivated and violated the first and fourteenth amendments. See Branti v. Finkel, 445 U.S. 507, 100 S.Ct....

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