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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Despite the fact that many attorneys, politicians and media had criticized the expanded use of RICO laws in the past, not one opposed their use in this case.
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the attention once reserved for the snail darter, the RICO law and yellow rain.
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