So basically acquitted, not because no wrong was done, but due to a legal technicality the judge had with the statute he was charged under.
Sorry, but this propensity to blame "legal technicalities" for the outcome here really grates my cookies.
These "technicalities" are not bugs in the system, they are a feature of the system. And if you ask me, they are the most important feature. They are limits on the almost unlimited power of the state to deprive anyone of the most precious asset we have: our freedom.
YOU think the Captain is a reprehensible human being who deserves to rot in jail; YOU think that the system failed here because he was not convicted. Well, what you or I individually think is irrelevant.
What matters is what the law says. And in this case, the law says that the Seaman's Manslaughter Statute doesn't apply. End of story. If you want it to apply, change the law. If you want a different law (and you can put me in this camp), write your Senator or Congressman (they've got lots of free time now) and get it changed.
This case wasn't dismissed because someone on the prosecution side made an innocent mistake; it was dismissed because he was being charged with a crime he didn't commit. I cannot really get my head around the fact that anyone would support a conviction of a man for a crime he didn't commit because they feel "well, what he did was awful, so he should be guilty of something!"
I rejoice that I live in a country where the state can't just gin up some charges against me and throw me in jail.