Since its enactment in 1970, RICO has been somewhat problematic in its application. This Commentary explores some of the interpretational problems encountered by federal courts regarding certain RICO provisions from the perspective of a Judge for the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The Commentary contends that, although Congress intended the law to be liberally construed, the statute's ambiguity demands strict construction in favor of lenity.
Northern Illinois University Law Review
Van Graafeiland, Ellsworth A.
"RICO and the Rule of Lenity,"
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2, Article 5.
Ellsworth A. Van Graafeiland, RICO and the Rule of Lenity, 9 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. 331 (1989).