Thursday, April 23, 2009

Elsie Law's Daily Dose Of The Law: Teenager Charged As A "Somali Pirate"

An 18 year old Somali native who has been labeled as a "pirate" by the United States media and court system will stand trial for allegedly hijacking an American ship, and holding its passengers hostages. The teenager has been brought to the United States to be tried.

The prosecution has reportedly charged the youth with "Piracy Under the Law of Nations." According to The Gothamist, this law hasn't been in consistent use by the legal system since the 1800s.

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