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Justices Unlikely to Address Territory Rights Doctrine

Oct. 15, 2019, 9:14 PM

The U.S. Supreme Court appears unlikely to reconsider a series of opinions that have been assailed for denying certain constitutional protections to U.S. territory residents.

The high court heard argument Oct. 15 on whether the federal oversight board directing Puerto Rico’s financial restructuring is a violation of the Constitution.

UTIER, a Puerto Rico labor union that’s a party to the case, and other proponents of the Caribbean island asked the Supreme Court to overrule the century-old opinions, known as the Insular Cases. The opinions say that citizens in the territories are protected by only the most fundamental, but not all, ...