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United States v. Turkette
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Turkette (Defendant) and twelve accomplices were part of a criminal network that distributed narcotics and other drugs and were indicted for these actions under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act. Defendant was convicted under the RICO Act and appealed, claiming that the RICO Act only applied to legitimate businesses, not criminal networks that only performed illegal actions. The court of appeals agreed with Defendant and overturned his conviction under the RICO Act. The United States Supreme Court granted certiorari.
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