Red Sky in Morning: Seventh Circuit Reverses Seaman’s Manslaughter Convictions

January 2017

Mainbrace

A December 2016 United States Court of Appeals decision highlights a recent, troubling trend of aggressive criminal prosecution of vessel owners and crew members following marine casualties involving a fatality. In a remarkable opinion, the Seventh Circuit in United States v. Egan Marine Corp. overturned the criminal convictions of a tug owner and the tug’s master for violation of 18 U.S.C.A. § 1115, colloquially referred to as the “Seaman’s Manslaughter statute.” (Read more)

This article by Gregory F. Linsin, partner at Blank Rome, and Emma C. Jones, associate at Blank Rome, is one in a series of articles written for Blank Rome Maritime's quarterly Mainbrace newsletter. To view the other articles in the January 2017 edition of Mainbrace, please click here.