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1990

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Villanova Law Review

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How Useful Is Civil Rico In The Enforcement Of Criminal Law?, Gerard E. Lynch Jan 1990

How Useful Is Civil Rico In The Enforcement Of Criminal Law?, Gerard E. Lynch

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The title of this paper asks what appears to be a simple and important question: Just how much does the availability of extensive private civil remedies for violation of the RICO statute add to the effort to ensure compliance with the norms of criminal law? These remarks address only civil RICO actions by private plaintiffs. The once-rare, but increasingly frequent, civil RICO actions brought by the United States present very different issues. This question is, of course, only a part of any assessment of the value of civil RICO. One may conclude that civil RICO is of little or no ...