Jo Anne Pool


This note examines Northeast Women's Center, Inc v. McMonagle a successful civil RICO claim brought by an abortion clinic against antiabortion activists who "used force, threats of force, fear and violence in their efforts to force the clinic out of business " As a background to examining the case, this note will explore the RICO statute, the judicial extension of RICO, and the current congressional action concerning reform.

Analysis of Northeast reveals an emerging extension of civil RICO. Civil RICO is applied to curb unlawful political protest. Such an extension allows certain victims of domestic terrorism private recovery of damages. This note concludes that this extension of civil RICO serves as appropriate private enforcement to deter structured, continuing criminality.