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Justice 'Piracy' at sea: Has definition changed? Supreme Court declines to enter fray.

The Supreme Court rejected the appeals of two groups of captured Somalis. Federal prosecutors had argued that the definition of piracy has broadened since the early 1800s.

By Staff writer / January 22, 2013

Alba Bragoli/AP

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday let stand a series of lower-court opinions endorsing a broad view of what constitutes the crime of piracy – a move that will make it significantly easier for the government to prosecute and convict suspected Somali pirates in federal court.