Some states using RICO statute to put an end to dog fighting

On behalf of The Marks Law Firm, L.L.C. posted in Conspiracy on Wednesday, July 25, 2012

In 2009, federal authorities infiltrated a dog fighting ring that spread across numerous states. One of those states was Missouri. Since this dog fighting bust, some states have been making an aggressive attempt at preventing dog fighting. Some have gone so far as to declare dog fighting a violation of federal criminal law under the RICO statute.

The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organization statute prohibits criminal organizations from profiting from a legitimate business operation. The law is usually used to combat organized crime. The main goals of the RICO statute are to cut-off sources of funding and effectively end the organized crime activity.

Some states have begun to …