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United States v. Obando

U.S. Coast Guard intercepts vessel with the Colombian flag painted on its hull. The crew gets nailed on drug offenses. But wait! The relevant statute says that if Colombia’s flag was “flying,” the Coast Guard was obligated to check with the Colombian gov’t before taking control of the ship, and they didn’t. Eleventh Circuit: A painted flag doesn’t fly.


Tags: 2018, Coast Guard, Eleventh Circuit, International Law

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