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Issue:  Separate Sovereigns for Purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause

Puerto Rico v. Valle

15-108

QUESTION(S) PRESENTED

Whether the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Federal Government are separate sovereigns for purposes of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the United States Constitution.

DECISION

Decided June 9, 2016 HOLDING

The Double Jeopardy Clause bars Puerto Rico and the United States from successively prosecuting a single person for the same conduct under equivalent criminal laws.

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Agree w/ Breyer Sotomayor
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Dissent Author Breyer
Concur Author image Justice Thomas
Concur Author Thomas
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Agree Scalia
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Agree Roberts
Agree image Justice Kennedy
Agree Kennedy
Concur Author image Justice Ginsburg
Concur Author Ginsburg
Agree image Justice Alito
Agree Alito
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Author Kagan

KAGAN, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which ROBERTS, C. J., and KENNEDY, GINSBURG, and ALITO, JJ., joined. GINSBURG, J., filed a concurring opinion, in which THOMAS, J., joined. THOMAS, J., filed an opinion concurring in part and concurring in the judgment. BREYER, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which SOTOMAYOR, J., joined.

Text of Opinion
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CERTIORARI STAGE

Granted October 1, 2015

Certiorari Stage Documents
      Petition for Certiorari (pdf download)
Brief in Opposition (pdf download)
Petitioner's Reply (pdf download)

PROCEEDING BELOW

Supreme Court of Puerto Rico
Decided March 20, 2015
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