The Supreme Court Of The United States

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No. In the SUPREME COURT OF THE UNITED STATES THE COMMONWEALTH OF PUERTO RICO Petitioner, V. LUIS M. SANCHEZ VALLE AND JAIME GOMEZ VAZQUEZ Respondents. On Writ of Certiorari to the Supreme Court of Puerto Rico BRIEF AMICUS CURIAE OF NATASHA JOHNSON STATEMENT OF INTEREST As someone in support of statehood for the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, this case holds special significance. I am a firm believer that Puerto Rico has been treated unjustly as a territory by the United States, and this has resulted in poor living conditions for its citizens. To deny a sovereign power to enforce laws within its territory is only one of the many issues the Commonwealth faces. For these reasons, I write this brief of amicus curiae in support of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. ISSUES PRESENTED Under the United States Constitution Amendment V, do the United States Federal Government and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico have power to enforce laws that stem from different entities, and thus considered two different sovereigns for the purpose of the Double Jeopardy Clause of the United States Constitution? APPLICABLE STATUTE U.S. Const. amend. V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in

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