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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
United States v. The Bonanno Organized Crime Family of La Cosa Nostra
Citation:879 F.2d 20 (2d Cir. 1989)
The Bonanno Family was accused of violating the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Statute (RICO) in a complaint filed by the government. The complaint alleged thirteen RICO violations and sought injunctive relief, and it listed the Bonanno Family along with a labor union of van drivers, packers, and furniture handlers. The federal district court in New York ruled that the government did not have standing to sue and that the Bonanno Family was not a proper RICO defendant because it was not a “person” within the meaning of the statute.
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