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Sunday, February 26, 2012

Vermont may consider adopting RICO statute

The chairman of a Vermont Senate committee says the panel may consider whether Vermont needs a RICO statute targeting a growing number of gang members dealing drugs in the state.
RICO stands for Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations and it's been used in other states to prosecute targets ranging from the Gambino crime family to alleged Boston gangster James "Whitey" Bulger.
Sen. Dick Sears, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, says Vermont doesn't currently have a RICO statute. But at a committee hearing Friday on increasing gang activity in Vermont, he said a RICO law may give Vermont law enforcement a new tool to keep gangs in check.
Sears and law enforcement officials say Vermont is seeing a rise both in homegrown and imported gang activity.



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