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An Italian Court ruled on Tuesday that Captain Schettino must remain under house arrest. He was the captain of Costa Concordia that killed at least 17 people because the captain sailed too close to island. Schettino has been under house arrest since January 17. The Florence Court rejected both sides of the argument in determining the outcome for the captain. According to Fox news “Prosecutors had argued that Schettino — who is accused of manslaughter and abandoning his ship ahead of his passengers — is a flight risk and that he should be incarcerated rather than continue to be held under house arrest at his home in Meta di Sorrento, near Naples. On the other hand, Schettino's lawyers argued he should be freed on bail and that he posed no immediate threat of re-offending, as he was suspended from his job as ship captain.”

The captain faces 2500 years in prison if convicted. Schettino could receive an 8-year sentence for each and every one of the 300 passengers left on the ship after he selfishly abandoned. The investigation ended last week leaving 15 people still unaccounted for in this tragic disaster.

Our firm is currently assisting crewmembers and passengers who were onboard the Costa Concordia. We remind everyone that the 30 day time deadline is on Sunday, February 12, 2012, to claims for property loss. We have been helping passengers get this filed.

I have been a Miami maritime and cruise ship attorney for 30 years. This disaster is the worst disaster I have seen during this time. I previously testified in Congress about cruise ship safety, and I am hopeful I will do so again as there definitely needs to be changes made for the safety of all passengers and crew on cruise ships.

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