High Court Says Puerto Rico Is Not Sovereign In Criminal Case

Law360, New York (June 9, 2016, 10:29 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Puerto Rico and the U.S. government may not prosecute individuals for the same crimes in a case that tested the limits of the territory's sovereignty, an issue that has become increasingly urgent as the commonwealth has struggled with a massive debt problem.

The high court has addressed the limits of Puerto Rico's sovereignty as it applies to the Constitution's double jeopardy clause, ruling that the commonwealth and the U.S. cannot prosecute individuals for the same crimes. (Credit: Law360) The case deals specifically with the U.S. Constitution's double jeopardy clause, which protects individuals from being...

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