January 8, 2015

1984

Extension of tough RICO penalties to obscenity violators. In 1984, MIM’s legal department recommended to Congress that legislation be introduced to make federal obscenity violations “predicate crimes” under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) law. Enacted that year, the RICO-obscenity law allows the Government to confiscate the assets of convicted pornographers. The Supreme Court upheld the law, and many states have added obscenity offenses to their RICO laws.

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