Sovereign Impunity: Why Double Jeopardy Should Apply in Puerto Rico

Colin Miller
2016 Social Science Research Network  
On January 13th, 2016, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle. The question that the Court must decide is whether the federal government and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico are separate sovereigns for purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause. This essay argues that the Supreme Court cannot answer this question in the affirmative without overturning precedent holding that the U.S.
doi:10.2139/ssrn.2763559 fatcat:hp6nkzn2snaivbgwmqg7eelfea