United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
571 F.2d 880 (1978)
Elliott (defendant) and five other individuals were charged with violations of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), a law designed to curb organized crime. Even though only two of the defendants committed murder, the remaining four defendants were forced to stand trial jointly with the two who did. Elliott and the other defendants were found guilty of murder and each appealed. The four defendants who did not commit murder argued that they were wrongly convicted and that it was in error for them to be tried with Elliott.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Simpson, J.)
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