The first prosecution of a pirate in the U.S. in 100 years! The world watched closely as Richard Phillips, Captain of the Maersk Alabama cargo ship was rescued, after being held hostage by four Somali pirates. Law.com bloggers and co-hosts, J. Craig Williams and Bob Ambrogi welcome piracy law expert, Professor Samuel P. Menefee, Maury Fellow at University of Virgina’s Center for Ocean Law and Policy and Attorney Joseph R. McFaul from Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold LLP and a retired Commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserve, to explore the legal issues on the high seas surrounding the Somali pirates, the future of the captured pirate and how this case could be a deterrent in other incidents of piracy.
More On Somali Pirates
We posted about the Somali Pirates twice already but there is a need to give them the attention yet again. This post is to follow up on the Pace Law Library December 2008 newsletter written by Jack McNeil, Associate Law Library Director, and on the Pace Law Library Blog post How To Defend a 21st Century Pirate, by Cynthia Pittson, the Head of Reference Department. The Legal Talk Network has a podcast discussing the prosecution of a pirate in an episode titled Legal Case Against a Pirate. Sit back and enjoy!