"Let everyone who is Godly pray to you while you may be found" (Psalm 32:6)
Can RICO Be Used Against Peaceful Protests?
On Monday, June 22, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to review whether federal racketeering laws used by prosecutors to levy huge fines against peaceful pro-life activists can be used in this fashion. The court will hear appeals by Operation Rescue, the Pro-Life Action League and three of the league's leaders.
**American Center for Law and Justice, representing Operation Rescue in this case, maintains there are two key issues at hand. One is "whether a non-violent pro-life sit-in at an abortion business qualifies as federal criminal 'extortion.'" The other issue of national significance is "whether private parties - like NOW [National Organization for Women] - can use RICO to sue for injunctions at all, or whether instead...the power to use RICO to obtain injunctions is reserved to the federal government." (See http://aclj.org/news/pressreleases/020422_rico.asp )
**The RICO (Racketeer Influenced Corrupt Organizations) Act was created to stop mobsters and drug dealers from profiting from their conspiracy to commit a crime. NOW has used RICO for over 15 years to sue peaceful pro-life activists.
**Both conservative and liberal organizations that use civil disobedience are concerned that RICO is being used to squash their actions.
**Arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court for the case will
likely be held this fall.
The outcome of this case will have an effect on all future pro-life speech and activity. Yet, the prayers of God's people can and will have an influence on the Supreme Court's decision. From now until the Supreme Court makes its ruling, Christians across the nation must cry out for justice to be rendered.
Join Us in Fervent, Ongoing Prayer:
**Almighty God, You are the Supreme Ruler of the Universe.
We ask for JUSTICE to be done. Visit each Justice of the U.S.
Supreme Court. Cause each member to love Your Law. Grant VICTORY
to Operation Rescue, Pro-Life Action League and their leaders.
In Jesus' Name, AMEN! (Ex 23:6-7; Dt 16:16-17; Ps 19:7-14; 26:1;
28:1-5; Jn 5:30; 7:24)
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