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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Thursday, April 25, 2002
These are truly delightful.
posted by Rachel 4/25/2002
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Yes the church can and probably will be prosecuted under the RICO statute. PETA and anti-abortion advocates have been prosecuted under RICO. Those prosecutions had nothing to do with money and everything to do with criminal conspiracy. The RICO law was originally passed to allow prosecutors to go after legitimate businesses that had been taken over by the mob and used to hide criminal activity.
"Pattern of racketeering activity" means engaging in at least two (2) incidents of racketeering activity that have the same or similar intent, result, accomplice, victim, or method of commission, or that are otherwise interrelated by distinguishing characteristics that are not isolated incidents."
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Racketeering activity" means to commit, to attempt to commit, to conspire to commit a violation of, or aiding and abetting in a violation of any of the following:
[many many laws including:]
(8) Child exploitation
(16) Fraud
(17) Bribery
(18) Official misconduct
(19) Conflict of interest
(20) Perjury
(21) Obstruction of justice
(22) Intimidation
(23) Promoting prostitution
posted by Rachel 4/25/2002
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Oh dear. Outright war in the middle east. Coming soon to a cable news network near you.
posted by Rachel 4/25/2002
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