Therapeutic jurisprudence is a relatively young school of thought. One of its major attractions to the academic community has been its claim that society could use the law, both at the legislative and adjudicatory level, to promote the psychological well-being of those affected by the law. In this commentary, I want to share a little known decision of the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico regarding police persecution of political minorities. It is my contention that looking at this decision through the lens of therapeutic jurisprudence, one may discover a serious effort by the court to heal very divisive wounds on the Puerto Rican political body-an effort which no other branch or institution was ready, or willing, to undertake.
Roberto P. Aponte Toro, Noriega v. Hernández Colón: Political Persecution Under Therapeutic Scrutiny, 24 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 555 (2000).