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Maritime Violence Counts Not ‘Multiplicitous’ (access required)

In this prosecution of Somali defendants for piracy and related crimes, a Norfolk U.S. District Court refuses to dismiss as multiplicitous four counts charging defendants with Violence Against Maritime Navigation, in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 2280(a)(1)(G). Defendants argue these counts are multiplicitous, because the statute does not identify the individual victim as the “unit of prosecution.” ...

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