Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

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Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act

United States legislation passed in 1970 that increased criminal and civil penalties for participating in organized crime and also strengthened law enforcement tools in the investigation of illegal enterprises. Its provisions included the ability to indict individuals for witness intimidation or extortion, prosecution for acts of terrorism or murder for hire, and so forth. One can be prosecuted under RICO for offenses such as counterfeiting money, securities fraud, and bankruptcy fraud.
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Additionally, the statutory language of the RICO Act itself must be
For example, Press, Shannon, and Ellissimmons noted that federal prosecutors were using the RICO Act against defendants who clearly were not part of any organized crime ring.
Paul - all far more locally oriented than the Times - have editorialized vigorously on the use of the RICO act against abortion protesters, focusing primarily on a case in Philadelphia.
Robertson, the Supreme Court left open the question whether individual RICO acts must "substantially affect" interstate commerce.