United States v. Turkette
United States Supreme Court
452 U.S. 576 (1981)
Turkette (defendant) and twelve accomplices were part of a criminal network that distributed narcotics and other drugs and were indicted for these actions under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Turkette was convicted under the RICO Act and appealed, claiming that the RICO Act only applied to legitimate businesses, not criminal networks that only performed illegal actions. The court of appeals agreed with Turkette and overturned his conviction under the RICO Act. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (White, J.)
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