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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In 1970, the U.S. enacted RICO – the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. The statute punishes racketeering, where leaders of an organization order others to commit crimes or assist them to do so.

The statute has largely been used against “traditional” mobs such as the Mafia, but has a broader reach — FIFA, the boss of international football (soccer) has been charged.

Brazil, like many other countries, has a similar set of statutes. During the past week, the authorities have used these laws against the most prominent politicians in Brazil.

The Federal . . .

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