Pirates of bygone eras are often viewed as lovable, fun-loving rogues like the party-goers in the above picture. In fact, such "pirates" make a regular appearance during Puget Sound's SeaFair Festival:
Unfortunately, the reality of piracty--then and now--is much different, as pictured below.
A Virginia judge threw out the case against 6 Somali pirates accused of attacking a US warship. His justification?
The judge, in an unprecedented decision, held that attempted piracy is not itself part of the international law definition of piracy.
The Maritime Executive has the full story:
What these "lovable rogues" deserve is this: