29 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 441 (1987-1988)
Laying Hands on Religious Racketeers: Applying Civil RICO to Fraudulent Religious Solicitation

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Law Review
VOLUME 29     SPRING 1988   NUMBER 3

LAYING HANDS ON RELIGIOUS RACKETEERS:
APPLYING CIVIL RICO TO FRAUDULENT RELIGIOUS
SOLICITATION
JONATHAN TURLEY*
CONTENTS
I. INTRODUCTION ....................................... 443
II. RELIGIOUS TELEVISION   SOLICITATION: SHOULD   THE
ELEVENTH COMMANDMENT BE 'CAVEAT EMPTOR'? ..... 447
A.   General Solicitation Fraud ................... 455
B.   Goal-Specific Solicitation Fraud .............. 459
III. PRIVATE AND GOVERNMENTAL REMEDIES FOR RELIGIOUS
FRAUD  ..........................................   463
A. Private Enforcement ....................... 465
B.   Governmental Enforcement .................. 468
1.   The Federal Communications Commission:
Plugged into Heaven .................. 468
2.   The Internal Revenue Service: Rendering
unto  Caesar  ............................  470
3.  Political and Practical Problems of Govern-
mental Deterrence  ......................  474
* Federal Judicial Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. J.D.,
Northwestern University School of Law, 1987; B.A., University of Chicago, 1983. I wish to
thank Thomas Eovaldi for his encouragement at various stages of this research. The respon-
sibility, however, for all theories and conclusions in this Article is entirely the author's.

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