A law made to persecute the mafia, used against Donald Trump

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Donald Trump ha sido accused for the fourth time. On this occasion, it has been the Fulton County Prosecutor’s Office, where the city of Atlanta is located, who has done it. The reason for the prosecution is similar to that of another of the cases facing the former president, for which he was charged two weeks ago: his attempt to steal the 2020 election.

The prosecution has presented 41 charges against Trump, for a total of 161 alleged criminal acts. 18 collaborators of the former president have also been prosecuted, including his former chief of staff, Mark Meadowsand former New York mayor and former presidential candidate in 2008, Rudy Giuliani, who is also charged in another of Trump’s cases.

The key to the imputation are three words: “criminal association“. In English it is said racketeeringa word that was born in 1928, during the explosion of organized crime caused by the prohibition of alcohol in the Dry Law, and that is directly associated with the mafia. Fulton County Attorney Fani Willis has used the so-called RICO law (Mafia Influenced and Corrupt Organizations) against Trump and his team, an acronym that applies to a federal law and 32 others in many other states created in the 70s.

In Georgia, that rule has a very broad scope, which has allowed Willis to charge a large part of the former president’s collaborators. In a surprising twist to the story, Giuliani, who is now indicted in Georgia, carved out a political profile for him on November 19, 1986 when, as a prosecutor in Manhattan, he used the RICO Act to prosecute gang leaders. five families of the mafia in that city.

This may be relevant in the trial, since it is easier for 19 defendants to try to blame each other or incur contradictions. because willis wants all defendants to be tried in the same process, something that is in theory is technically possible. Likewise, Willis has launched the message for the future, especially for the 2024 election, in which Trump is running and will most likely be the Republican nominee: partnering with the former president in possible attempts to steal the election can have criminal consequences. To make things even more spectacular, in Georgia it is customary for trials to be broadcast live, either on television or online.

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