The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is the most expansive criminal statute ever passed by Congress. The statute and its amendments impose strict penalties for various activities associated with organized crime, including forfeiture of the proceeds of criminal activity. However, RICO's ambiguous language has caused confusion in its interpretation by federal courts.
Elizabeth E. Stanulis,
Criminal RICO: Forfeiture of Fees, Sixth Amendment Rights, and Attorney Responsibilities,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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