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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 ...

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Court Applies ‘Customary’ Sea Limit in Piracy Case (access required)

In this prosecution of Somali defendants for piracy and related crimes, a Norfolk U.S. District Court finds that a limit of 12 nautical miles describes the territorial sea limit under customary international law; although the U.S. has not signed a ...

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Kidnapping is Lesser Included Offense of Hostage-Taking (access required)

In this prosecution of Somali defendants for piracy and related crimes, a Norfolk U.S. District Court finds that the Kidnapping Statute and the Hostage Taking Statute impermissibly overlap for purposes of double jeopardy because kidnapping is a lesser included offense ...

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