Landmark case ….. Clear cut answer! Is Puerto Rico US territory or not?
We know the answer …. yet we deserve a concise & clear statement!! Be honest, for once!!
Puerto Rico v. Sánchez Valle began as a local criminal matter in Puerto Rico, and exploded into a landmark constitutional case before the U.S. Supreme Court.
The Court is faced with one central question: is Puerto Rico a U.S. territory, or is it a sovereign nation? This question is the heart of Puerto Rico v. Sánchez Valle. It is because of this question, that the Supreme Court felt compelled to hear the case. And now the Court must answer it.
The case involves Luís Sánchez Valle and Gómez Vásquez, who pleaded guilty to federal gun charges – and then asserted that they could not be prosecuted again for the same crimes, in the local courts of Puerto Rico, because this would violate the “double jeopardy clause” in the Fifth Amendment of the US constitution.
If Puerto Rico is only a US territory, then its court system does not have the…
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