Sunday, September 16, 2007

Let's talk about...the RICO Act

“racketeering activity” means (A) any act or threat involving murder, kidnapping, gambling, arson, robbery, bribery, extortion, dealing in obscene matter, or dealing in a controlled substance or listed chemical (as defined in section 102 of the Controlled Substances Act), which is chargeable under State law and punishable by imprisonment for more than one year; (B) any act which is indictable under any of the following provisions of title 18, United States Code: ...
...Section 201 (relating to bribery)
...section 1503 (relating to obstruction of justice)
...section 1510 (relating to obstruction of criminal investigations)
...section 1512 (relating to tampering with a witness, victim, or an informant)
...section 1513 (relating to retaliating against a witness, victim, or an informant)
(4) “enterprise” includes any individual, partnership, corporation, association, or other legal entity, and any union or group of individuals associated in fact although not a legal entity;
(5) “pattern of racketeering activity” requires at least two acts of racketeering activity, one of which occurred after the effective date of this chapter and the last of which occurred within ten years (excluding any period of imprisonment) after the commission of a prior act of racketeering activity;
mm hm...

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