Friday, October 28, 2005

Eleventh Circuit Upholds 135 Year Sentence for RICO Conviction

The Eleventh Circuit upheld the RICO conviction of Dwight York, head of the so-called Nuwaubian tribe, a religious sect that claimed various roots, including Native American, Islamic, and Hebrew foundations.  The charges involved violations of the Mann Act for transporting children across state lines for the purpose of engaging in sexual relations and money laundering arising out of York's role as leader of the cult-like organization.  The whole sordid tale is recounted in United States v. York (here), and the court upheld the district judge's sentence of a 1,620-month term of imprisonment (that's 135 years) that was reached by imposing the maximum term under the Sentencing Guidelines for each count to be served consecutively.  The Eleventh Circuit found no plain error in the sentence.  Mike has an interesting post on the case and more generally RICO over on Crime and Federalism (here). (ph)

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