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United States v. Neapolitan

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
791 F.2d 489 (7th Cir. 1986)


Robert Cadieux and Ronald Sapit were corrupt police officers and ran a chop shop, while obtaining bribes in exchange for police protection. Cadieux and Sapit told an informant that Robert Neapolitan (defendant) was also involved in the corruption. In addition, Neapolitan received one bribe at the chop shop and made recorded statements that would indicate that he was working with Cadieux and Sapit and had agreed to the operation of the racketeering ring. Cadieux was actually present when Neapolitan received the bribe. In all, the evidence at trial showed that Neapolitan’s involvement in the corrupt police enterprise was limited, but that he did solicit the one cash bribe at the chop shop and he did agree that a pattern of crime continue to occur at the chop shop. Neapolitan was convicted of a conspiracy to violate the RICO Act. Neapolitan appealed on the grounds that he only committed one act of racketeering activity, but the RICO Act requires two or more acts for it to be violated.

Rule of Law


Holding and Reasoning (Flaum, J.)

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