Attorney(s) appearing for the Case
Christopher Landau , Washington, DC, for the Petitioner.
Adam G. Unikowsky , Washington, DC, for Respondents.
Nicole A. Saharsky , for the United States, as amicus curiae, by special leave of the Court, supporting Respondents.
César Miranda Rodríguez , Attorney General, Margarita Mercado Echegaray , Solicitor General, Department of Justice, San Juan, PR, Christopher Landau , P.C., Jason M. Wilcox , Kirkland & Ellis LLP, Washington, DC, for Petitioner.
Wanda T. Castro Alemán , Victor A. Meléndez Lugo , Sociedad Para Asistencia Legal, San Juan, PR, Adam G. Unikowsky , R. Trent McCotter , Benjamin M. Eidelson , Daniel F. Bousque , Jenner & Block LLP, Washington, DC, for Respondents.
Justice KAGAN delivered the opinion of the Court.
The Double Jeopardy Clause of the Fifth Amendment prohibits more than one prosecution for the "same offence." But under what is known as the dual-sovereignty doctrine, a single act gives rise to distinct offenses — and thus may subject a person to successive prosecutions — if it violates...
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