Since its enactment in 1970, the federal RICO statute1 has generated thousands of published opinions, hundreds of law review articles and at least a dozen treatises and specialized publications. A parallel development, beginning in 1972, has been the enactment of RICO-based statutes by 33 states, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and the Territory of the United States Virgin Islands. These statutes cover a broad spectrum of civil and criminal law, including forfeiture.
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