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Famous CasesThere are several well-known RICO cases involving traditional mafia type defendants, aswell as, the new modern defendants.In 1979, the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club’s president Barger was brought up on RICO charges before being acquitted by a jury. The prosecution had failed to show his conduct was a part of the club policy.In 1989, Michael Milken, a wealthy businessperson was indicted on RICO charges regarding insider trading. This case never made it to trial, as Milken was afraid of life in prison and pleaded guilty to lesser offenses resulting in a mere 22 months in jail.In 2002, Major League Baseball was charged with a civil RICO claim. The minority owners of the Montreal expos sued under the act claiming the commissioner and others had conspired to de-value the team. This case ended in arbitration siding with the MLB.Even the Catholic Dioceses have been involved in a number of suits alleging RICO in an attempt to prosecute others in the episcopacy who may have been covering up the sex abuses. (RICO – Overview of Racketeer Influenced & Corrupt Organizations Act, 2016)One of the most spectacular mob trials was that of John “Dapper Don” Gotti, who took over control of New York’s Gambino crime family after orchestrating the murder of “Big Paul” Castellano in 1985. Over the years, Gotti had been arrested on many occasions and had been prosecuted at least five times for various offenses. His ability to escape conviction earned him the title “Teflon Don.” That changed on April 2, 1992, when Gotti was convicted on 13 federal charges, including murder and racketeering, and sentenced to life in prison without possibility of
5parole. Gotti’s major mistake was personally participating in several executions, including that ofCastellano. After Gotti went to prison, his son, John, Jr., took over control of the family, but in 1999, he pleaded guilty to charges of bribery, extortion, gambling, fraud, tax evasion, and loan-sharking and was sentenced to six and a half years in prison.137 After being released from prison, John, Jr. was tried on a number of racketeering charges, resulting in three hung juries, andfollowing his last trial, he vowed to leave New York, saying he might move his family to the