In 1970, Congress passed the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, Title 18, United States Code, Sections 1961-1968. At the time, Congress’ goal was to eliminate the ill-affects of organized crime on the nation’s economy. To put it bluntly, RICO was intended to destroy the Mafia.
Throughout the 1970’s, RICO’s intended purpose and its actual use ran parallel to each other. Seldom was RICO used outside of the context of the Mafia, and it is not an overstatement to say that civil claims under RICO were simply not brought.
In the 1980’s, however, civil lawyers noticed section 1964(c) of the RICO Act, which allows civil claims to be brought by any person injured in their business or property by reason of a RICO violation. Any person who succeeded in establishing a civil RICO claim would automatically receive judgment in the amount of three times their actual damages and would be awarded their costs and attorneys’ fees. The financial windfall available under RICO inspired the creativity of lawyers across the nation, and by the late 1980’s, RICO was a (if not the most) commonly asserted claim in federal court. Everyone was trying to depict civil claims, such as common law fraud, product defect, and breach of contract as criminal wrongdoing, which would in turn enable the filing of a civil RICO action.
RICO’s broad application was the result of Congress’ inclusion of mail and wire fraud as two crimes upon which a RICO claim could be brought. Given the breadth of activities that had historically been criminally prosecuted under the mail and wire fraud statutes, it was not difficult for creative civil attorneys to depict practically any wrongdoing as mail or wire fraud.
During the 1990’s, the federal courts, guided by the United States Supreme Court, engaged in a concerted effort to limit the scope of RICO in the civil context. As a result of this effort, civil litigants must jump many hurdles and avoid many pitfalls before they can expect the financial windfall available under RICO, and RICO has become one of the most complicated and unpredictable areas of the law.
Today, RICO is almost never applied to the Mafia. Instead, it is applied to individuals, businesses, political protest groups, and terrorist organizations. In short, a RICO claim can arise in almost any context.
The purpose of this website is to simplify this very complicated area of the law and to articulate and make more predictable the legal standards that govern such claims.
We, the entire nation, have ACORN cold, on video with outrageously clear audio, engaged in racketeering, and organized crime – exactly what the RICO Act was designed to prevent.
Not only child prostitution; also tax fraud, loan fraud, conspiracy to import illegal aliens. We have a consistent pattern of conspiracy and organized criminal activity not just in Baltimore, but in Washington, D.C. also. All this is captured on video tape.
We have Obama training, and establishing operational methods, in ACORN since 1992. We have Obama strongarming banks, as part of an organized, widespread, and well documented practice. to write unsound mortgages that could not be repaid; which mortgages would later destroy vast portions of the wealth of the entire world.
We have massive documentation of perennial, repeated, and widespread voter fraud perpetrated by ACORN, which was trained by Obama.
And we have Obama and the US Government funding ACORN organized crime. We have Obama’s campaign funding ACORN, and funding its criminal activity that Obama organized.
A RICO investigation; no, three or four DOZEN RICO investigations, are long overdue. Obama is into this organized criminal activity well passed his eyeballs.
Gateway Pundit has the story:
One of Barack Obama’s first big “community organizer” jobs involved ACORN in 1992. Obama also trained ACORN employees. He represented ACORN in court. Obama worked with and protested with ACORN. His campaign donated $800,000 to ACORN this year for voter registration efforts.
And, ACORN even canvassed for Obama this year.
It looks like ACORN’s hard work paid off.
Democrats funneled $8.5 billion of taxpayer money to the corrupt ACORN Organization this year.
Earlier this year democrats voted to fund groups like ACORN.
Now today, we find out that the Democrats favorite community organizers are pushing teen prostitution.
It figures. Big Government has the undercover investigation that the state-run media is ignoring.
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