Abbott Clay & Reed

Rescued American Ship Captain Arrives in Kenya

In Hijacking, Hostage, Jones Act Law, Pirates on April 16, 2009 at 9:57 AM

The Voice of America reports on Richard Phillip arriving in Kenya after being rescued by the U.S. Navy. Three Navy sharpshooters shot three of his captures just before his rescue.

As the Pirate attacks escalate in the region the Jones Act and it’s applicable laws we no doubt ably again be reviewed by our Justice System. It is interesting that these laws of the early 20th Century are still as necessary today for acts of Piracy as they certainly must have been during their penning.

We are curious to see if the Jones Act in it’s current form will be able to properly defend the rights of these seamen in international territories working for US based companies. It is our opinion that not only will it hold it’s own but in fact with further strengthen legal ramifications across all aspects of the shipping and maritime industries.

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