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Robbery Not Element of ‘Piracy’ Crime (access required)

The 4th Circuit upholds piracy convictions of five Somali nationals under 18 U.S.C. § 1651, even though they did not seize or rob the U.S. Navy vessel in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Africa, but only boarded as captives. Defendants imprudently launched an attack against the USS Nicholas, having confused the mighty Navy frigate ...

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