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26-02-2015, 07:41 AM
RICO Laws against churches?
Why shouldn't prosecutors use RICO laws against churches?

The RICO statutes (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) were passed to put away mobsters. The theory is that if you're part of an organization that collaborates to commit crimes - all members are tried for the actions of a few.

The Catholic Church's covering up of sexual predators in it's midst seems a perfect test vehicle.......

Damned unlikely I know -- but a guy can dream, can't he???

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26-02-2015, 07:48 AM
RE: RICO Laws against churches?
Do I hear cries of christian persecution?

Damn fine idea.

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26-02-2015, 08:27 AM
RICO Laws against churches?
I will support this. I can not stand petos and the people that hide them from punishment.
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26-02-2015, 04:16 PM
RE: RICO Laws against churches?
(26-02-2015 07:41 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  Why shouldn't prosecutors use RICO laws against churches?

The RICO statutes (Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) were passed to put away mobsters. The theory is that if you're part of an organization that collaborates to commit crimes - all members are tried for the actions of a few.

The Catholic Church's covering up of sexual predators in it's midst seems a perfect test vehicle.......

Damned unlikely I know -- but a guy can dream, can't he???

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Completely agree. I had this idea a few years ago. A former law school classmate of mine is a federal prosecutor. I was pushing him a couple of years ago to go after the Church with RICO. He wasn't going for it. Some nonsense about getting fired, not having a career, blah blah blah.

It will never happen but it damn will should.

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27-02-2015, 05:51 AM
RE: RICO Laws against churches?
RICO is basically a law that allows to arrest various linked/connected criminals from different organizations, right? The only things I know about RICO are from American TV series

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27-02-2015, 07:44 PM
RE: RICO Laws against churches?
It has been tried. A RICO claim was brought against a couple of bishops in, if I recall correctly, Cleveland. I don't recall the details but I do know that the case never went anywhere because of an inability to prove one of the fundamental elements of a RICO claim.
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27-02-2015, 08:38 PM
RE: RICO Laws against churches?
(27-02-2015 07:44 PM)Black Eagle Wrote:  It has been tried. A RICO claim was brought against a couple of bishops in, if I recall correctly, Cleveland. I don't recall the details but I do know that the case never went anywhere because of an inability to prove one of the fundamental elements of a RICO claim.

I did not know that, but I have a new found respect for Cleveland.

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