Dual Construction of RICO: The Road Not Taken in Reves

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Abstract

This is an article about RICO and about a larger problem in statutory construction. <br><br>Judge Mikva of the D.C. Circuit captured the essence of the problem when, questioning his colleagues' attempt to narrow RICO's scope he asked "Why is one element of the statute properly deemed broad while another read narrowly?" This Article tries to answer that question.<br><br>This Article develops a rationale for the seminal Supreme Court decision in Reves v. Ernst & Young, 507 U.S. 170 (1993) that may help resolve other issues that arise because of the interplay between conflicting provisions in RICO and in other statutes.<br><br>My thesis is that RICO should be interpreted narrowly in some cases and broadly in others, depending on the nature of the issue before the court. The suggested method of interpretation does no more than recognize and apply the fact that RICO has both a remedial and punitive purpose to it. These dual purposes support the use of a dual construction doctrine to resol
Original languageEnglish
PublisherWash. & Lee L. Rev.
Volume51
StatePublished - Jan 1994

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