Monday, October 7, 2013

RICO Lawsuits OK Against Racketeering Police

Judge: Los Angeles Police Department can be sued as a racketeering enterprise

The judge presiding over about 100 federal police corruption lawsuits has ruled the city's police department can be sued as a racketeering enterprise. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess could lead to a sharp increase in the city's financial liability from the police corruption scandal in which some members of the Rampart station's anti-gang unit allegedly robbed, beat, framed and shot suspects. Legal experts say the ruling is groundbreaking because no police department or major police official has ever been held liable under the federal Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act . . . Feess is [also] overseeing the consent decree between the city and the federal government that was formulated to avert a civil rights lawsuit planned by the U.S. Justice Department. More than 100 convictions were overturned. Read the entire article at ABC

The precedent has been set to go after racketeering police departments and their officials under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, commonly referred to as the RICO Act or simply "RICO." Wikipedia reports that RICO is a United States federal law that provides for extended criminal penalties and a civil cause of action for acts performed as part of an ongoing criminal organization. The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes which they ordered others to do or assisted them, closing a perceived loophole that allowed someone who told a man to, for example, murder, to be exempt from the trial because he did not actually commit the crime personally.

RICO was enacted by section 901(a) of the Organized Crime Control Act of 1970 (Pub.L. 91–452, 84 Stat. 922, enacted October 15, 1970). RICO is codified as Chapter 96 of Title 18 of the United States Code, 18 U.S.C. § 1961–1968. While its original use in the 1970s was to prosecute the Mafia as well as others who were actively engaged in organized crime, its later application has been more widespread."
Read more about RICO at Wikipedia 

Many Americans complain about gangstalking activities, malicious prosecution, and other patterns of abuse by police departments. This writer and her family experience such racketeering to punish the Neals for requesting records and an investigation regarding the murder under secret arrest suffered by Larry Neal, a lifelong mentally ill heart patient, whose murder was covered up by The (Johnnie) Cochran Firm. The Cochran Firm worked for Memphis Shelby County Jail behind its clients backs when police secretly arrested the ward of the State of Tennessee who died in custody, and the law firm held the Neals' wrongful death and negligence lawsuits secretly inactive while the Tennessee statute of limitations ran. Because The Cochran Firm violated legal ethics for law enforcement, police apparently violate the law to keep The Cochran Firm fraud secret through intimidation and continual harassment. Filing criminal charges and lawsuits against police departments and other justice officials under RICO may bring relief and restitution to the Neals and many other people who can prove police harassment, censorship, and gangstalking (racketeering). See Wrongful Death of Larry Neal
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Congratulations to U.S. District Judge Gary A. Feess and the State of California. By extension, all Americans share in this legal victory!

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