[JURIST] The US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] sentenced five Somali pirates to life sentences on Monday for attacking the USS Nicholas [official website]. Maritime piracy [JURIST archive] carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison [AFP report]. The men received an additional 80 years each for firearms and other piracy-related charges. US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] Neil MacBride expressed approval [press release] of the tough sentencing:Today’s sentences should send…

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