Civil RICO: Reaching Overseas To Grab Unwitting Wrongdoers

When the United States Congress passed the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), Title 18 U.S. Code §§ 1961-1968, in 1970, its sought to tackle head-on organized crime and the mafia. RICO called for extended criminal penalties against its violators and a civil private right of action for its victims. Although its original intent was quite limited, now 40 years later, RICO is used against individuals, businesses, and terrorist organizations.

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