Monday, October 1, 2012

Lozman v. City of Riviera Beach, Florida

I know I haven't really be keeping up the blog but I thought this case deserved note. The question at issue is whether a floating home indefinitely moored should be considered a vessel and thus subject to federal maritime rules. I'll try and make a more in depth post later but after reading the briefs I come down firmly on the side of the respondents. The ABA's Supreme Court Preview has kindly made the briefs available.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Pardon The Mess

We're moving to Wordpress. Over the next few days I will be adding automatic redirects to all the links. Until then feel free to visit the new Admiralty and Maritime Law Blog or my new blog on general law topics Pro Hac Vice.

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

ROKS Cheonan May Have Struck Mine

MSNBC is reporting that the ROKS Cheonan may have struck a mine before sinking. According to South Korean Defense Minister Kim Tae-Young, there was no evidence of a direct attack from North Korea.

Friday, March 26, 2010

South Korean Navy Ship Sinks Near Border With the North

There's been a flood of news reports about the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan. The Cheonan is a Pohang class corvette with a crew of 104 and a displacement of 1,350 tons. So far there's been no word on what caused the sinking but concerns have naturally turned toward an altercation with North Korea.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Holly Graf and Sexism

Was Captain Holly Graf's behavior overlooked because she was a woman? That's a question that arose soon after the story broke.

Mark Thompson in a Time Magazine article makes the case.

A better explanation is that the Navy failed to move on Graf earlier not in spite of her gender but because of it. Following the Tailhook scandal — in which Navy aviators assaulted dozens of women at a 1991 convention — the service rushed women to sea to show it was no longer locked in the Dark Ages. The service was under political pressure to diversify its leadership, and Graf was part of the answer: the first woman to command both a destroyer and a cruiser. Some veterans believe Graf needed more time to prepare for those commands. "I have some sympathy for her," says Nicole Waybright, a young female officer who served with Graf on the Wilbur Curtis. "The Navy felt under pressure to take a woman and put her on the best and most complicated tactical platform," Waybright says. "But she didn't have much experience on it." Some rookies could have stepped up to that challenge, she adds, but not Graf. "She was," Waybright says, "a terrible ship handler."

Charles Morgan Restoration From Volunteer's Perspective

An excellent discussion of the restoration of the whaler Charles Morgan at the WoodenBoat Forum.

Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Proposal Not Adopted After Intense Debate

The proposal to list Atlantic bluefin tuna (Thunnus thynnus) under Appendix I of CITES was not adopted today by the Parties. The proposal, sponsored by the Principality of Monaco, and strongly supported by the United States, garnered intense debate by the Parties due to the importance of this migratory fish species for commercial purposes. The final tally was 20 in support, 68 against and 30 abstentions.

The NOAA Press Release is available here.