What's the Matter With RICO...and Other Criminal Association Legislation?

Carlo Morselli, Universite de Montreal

ABSTRACT
Three decades have passed since the passing of the RICO (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) statute in 1970. Although the judicial and law literature has consistently addressed the evolution of this law with a considerable amount of critical and advocating attention, empirically-based analysis of this unique piece of legislation has remained largely absent. Some of the key issues surrounding RICO will be discussed (i.e. ambiguous conceptualization of central terms and legislative expansionism). Results from an analysis of a controversial history of the law will also be presented.

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Updated 05/20/2006