PSC253: Int’l Law
United States v. Flores
Supreme Court of the United States, 1933
Facts of the case:
Flores (D), a U.S. citizen, was charged with the murder of another U.S. citizen while on board an American vessel anchored in the Belgian Congo, which is under Belgian sovereignty. After the crime, the defendant was first brought to the port of Philadelphia, and was then indicted by the District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania. The court sustained Flores’ demurrer to the indictment on the grounds that the court lacked jurisdiction to try the offense, and the defendant was discharged. The Supreme Court tried the case by direct appeal.
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