Maritime Law & Piracy Definition

 

In a posting by BreakingLegalNews.com entitled: US Appeals Court Clarifies Piracy Definition, A federal appeals court ruled Wednesday on the legal definition of piracy, saying an armed attack on a U.S. vessel can be considered piracy even if no one ever boards or robs the ship.

The 200-year-old U.S. Supreme Court definition of piracy has been in dispute in two attacks on Virginia-based Navy ships in April 2010 in waters off East Africa. The defendants were prosecuted in Norfolk, the first in a series of government prosecutions aimed at slowing the spread of piracy off Africa.

The Court’s ruling makes it much easier for prosecutors to go after anyone who attacks a U.S. vessel.