The RICO Act- Nixon, the Mob, Hells Angels, Bob Mueller and Trump – Episode 24

Legally Insane – Episode 24

Today’s agenda is RICO; The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Enacted by President Nixon, the Rico Act has been responsible for bringing down and trying to bring down The Hells Angeles, The Catholic Church, The Key West PD, Donald Trump and many more.


  • [04:05] – Rico (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act) was passed in 1970 to pursue the mafia. The idea was to tie all their crimes together in one case.
  • [08:44] – The Rico Act was used to go after the Hells Angels for their various crimes. This culminated with prosecutors giving immunity to certain members, for ratting on their own gang mates.
  • [13:48] – Robert Muller, the district attorney at the time, ended up dropping the Hells Angeles case.
  • [15:26] – The government has tried to take down the Catholic Church for Pedophilia, under the Rico Act.
  • [18:08] – In the 1980’s The Key West Police Department was deemed a Criminal Enterprise and was running a cocaine racket.
  • [24:42] –Trump was sued under RICO for not delivering on his Trump University Promise.

 The Takeaway:

The RICO Act focuses specifically on racketeering, and it allows the leaders of a syndicate to be tried for the crimes which they ordered others to do or assisted them in doing, closing a perceived loophole that allowed a person who instructed someone else to, for example, murder, to be exempt from the trial because they did not actually commit the crime personally.





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