National Organization for Women v. Scheidler
|National Organization for Women v. Scheidler|
|Argued December 8, 1993|
Decided January 24, 1994
|Full case name||National Organization for Women, Inc., et al. v. Joseph Scheidler, et al.|
|Citations||510 U.S. 249 (more)|
|The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act applies to enterprises without economic motives, including anti-abortion protesters. Seventh Circuit reversed.|
|Majority||Rehnquist, joined by unanimous|
|Concurrence||Souter, joined by Kennedy|
|18 U.S.C. § 1961–1968 Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)|
National Organization for Women v. Scheidler, 510 U.S. 249 (1994), is a United States Supreme Court case in which the Court ruled that the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) could apply to enterprises without economic motives; pro-life protesters could thus be prosecuted under it. An organization without an economic motive can still affect interstate or foreign commerce and thus satisfy the Act's definition of a racketeering enterprise.
The Court did not issue judgment on whether or not the Pro-Life Action Network, the organization in question, had committed actions that could be prosecuted under RICO.
Joseph Scheidler#NOW_v._Scheidler discusses the wider course of the litigation, before and after the 1994 Supreme Court decision.
- Text of National Organization for Women v. Scheidler, 510 U.S. 249 (1994) is available from: CourtListener Findlaw Justia Library of Congress Oyez (oral argument audio)
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