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Columbia Law Review

Criminal Procedure

1987

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Rico: The Crime Of Being A Criminal Parts Iii And Iv, Gerard E. Lynch Jan 1987

Rico: The Crime Of Being A Criminal Parts Iii And Iv, Gerard E. Lynch

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In the first portion of this study, we saw that the Supreme Court in its 1981 Turkette decision endorsed what was already the consensus view of the courts of appeals that a group of individuals associated in fact to pursue entirely illegitimate purposes could constitute a RICO enterprise. Prosecutions of such associations have quickly become the leading use of the statute. It can be reliably estimated that more than forty percent of the reported appellate cases involving RICO indictments concern prosecutions in which the alleged enterprise was such an illicit association. When the cases are classified by the nature of ...


Rico: The Crime Of Being A Criminal Parts I And Ii, Gerard E. Lynch Jan 1987

Rico: The Crime Of Being A Criminal Parts I And Ii, Gerard E. Lynch

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One of the most controversial statutes in the federal criminal code is that entitled "Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organizations," known familiarly by its acronym, RICO. Passed in 1970 as title IX of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970, RICO has attracted much attention because of its draconian penalties, including innovative forfeiture provisions; its broad draftsmanship, which has left it open to a wide range of applications, not all of which were foreseen or intended by the Congress that enacted it; and the sometimes dramatic prosecutions that have been brought in its name.

RICO's complexity has attracted several efforts to ...