Follow the threads of piracy

One of the best aspects of H&P’s  business—communication—is opportunity to delve  deep into an interesting topic.

Take piracy for example.

This week, I reviewed a commentary authored by Mark M. Murakami, an attorney with our client, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert. Murakami writes a blog on Ocean Law ( and is a commander in the U.S. Coast Guard Reserves.  He is excited about laws of the sea, so the Somali pirates have him quoting international piracy law.

That led me to research the latest incident in the Gulf of Aden, which has brought a young Somali into a New York courtroom in what may be the first piracy case tried in the U.S. in a century.

The Somali entered with a swashbuckling grin, but in court he was in tears. His age is undetermined; it’s been marked from 15 to 26.  The judge ruled he’s at least 18 and will be tried as an adult.

I studied the photos.  What did it feel like to be a nomad-goat-herder’s-son-turned-pirate shackled to the spectacle of high-profile, media-intense U.S. Court drama in the famous city of New York?

That took me to to see what a large city of Somalia was like.   The page opened with this note: WARNING: Mogadishu is regarded as the most lawless and dangerous city on Earth. It is not safe for leisure or tourism.

Lucky we live Hawaii.



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2 Responses to Follow the threads of piracy

  1. Doug Carlson says:

    Nice use of the blogosphere!

  2. BAHastings says:

    Thanks. This story has all the makings of an HBO movie. BTW, International Law of the Sea treaty meetings were one of my first assignments at the old ‘Tiser.

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