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US Supreme Court weighs Puerto Rico sovereignty

The US Supreme Court examined Puerto Rico's hybrid status as a self-governing commonwealth whose four million inhabitants are US citizensHow much sovereignty does the island of Puerto Rico possess? The US Supreme Court on Wednesday took up that question, a crucial one for a Caribbean territory torn between its ties to the United States and its desire for greater autonomy. On Monday, it defaulted on payments on its $70 billion debt and its leaders have pressed the US Congress to grant it court-supervised bankruptcy protection to restructure its debt, a separate issue that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear later this year.

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