Course Details

Criminal RICO Prosecutions:

This seminar will explore federal criminal RICO law through the lens of actual public corruption and gang prosecutions. The class will be divided into two main segments. The beginning of the course will examine the basics of RICO law by focusing on learning the substantive elements and understanding the types of predicate offenses that can support a RICO prosecution. We will also compare substantive RICO and RICO conspiracy charges and consider other federal statutes that provide alternatives in some circumstances to using RICO. The remainder of the course will address RICO law through in-depth case studies of actual federal prosecutions. We will examine how RICO law is applied to criminal public corruption and gang prosecutions focusing primarily on two federal RICO cases. We will analyze the use of RICO by following those cases from indictment through the stages of a trial to the appeal. Students will apply legal principals learned during the first segment to an evaluation of real cases. This will include the opportunity to employ substantive RICO knowledge by arguing against a motion to dismiss a RICO indictment. There will be guest speakers during the seminar who will broaden our understanding of different aspects of RICO by providing a variety perspectives - including that of the prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge. At the conclusion of the course, students will then have the opportunity to synthesize all that they have learned during the semester by reviewing a hypothetical case and then drafting a prosecution memorandum that analyzes the facts presented and evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of potential RICO charges. Course Materials: Assorted case law readings and publicly available materials from criminal prosecutions in the Northern District of Illinois Students who would like to complete the 2 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 602 Section 5 course section (class nbr 18786) during open enrollment August 26-September 25, 2015. Students who would like to complete the 3 draft writing requirement and earn one additional credit hour in this course will be able to self-enroll in the associated LAWWRT 603 Section 5 course section (class nbr 18766) during open enrollment August 26-September 25, 2015.

Catalog Number: CRIM 612
Additional Course Information: Professional Writing


Course History

Fall 2017
Title: Criminal RICO Prosecutions:
Faculty: Stack, Meghan M
Egan, Christina
Section: 1     Credits: 2.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24

Fall 2016
Title: Criminal RICO Prosecutions:
Faculty: Stack, Meghan M
Egan, Christina
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 24

Fall 2015
Title: Criminal RICO Prosecutions:
Faculty: Stack, Meghan M
Egan, Christina
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 16

Fall 2014
Title: Criminal RICO Prosecutions:
Faculty: Stack, Meghan M
Egan, Christina
Section: 1     Credits: 3.0
Capacity: 25     Actual: 16