This file photo taken on August 1, 2015 shows he US Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC. / AFP / KAREN BLEIER
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The U.S. Supreme Court ruled against Puerto Rico Thursday in a battle over sovereignty, saying that in criminal prosecutions U.S. jurisdiction takes precedence over that of Puerto Rico.The broader issue of autonomy in the self-governing territory that has its own constitution was reflected in a criminal prosecution for firearms sales. Puerto Rican prosecutors argued they should be able to try two men who had already pleaded guilty in U.S. federal court.Puerto Ricans are U.S. citizens, but do not have lawmakers in the U.S. Congress.
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