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The Khalil Case

Michael Khalil was national president of the Avengers Motorcycle Club (AMC), an organization with local chapters in several states. He was convicted of conspiring to conduct the affairs of an organization through a pattern of racketeering, attempting to commit a violent crime in aid of racketeering, and two counts of distributing marijuana.

There was evidence that, at Khalil’s direction, the club planned violence against a rival motorcycle club, the Iron Coffins, whose members frequented locals bars in a county where AMC also had a chapter.

Research the Khalil case and review the Federal RICO statute. Please use “Avengers motorcycle Khalil” to successfully search details of the case.

In the discussion area:

  • Summarize the methods used by the FBI to infiltrate the AMC and gather evidence of Khalil’s crimes. Describe what is the purpose of the RICO section of the federal racketeering law?
  • Describe what is the purpose of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) section of the federal racketeering law.
  • In your opinion, was there enough evidence to prosecute Khalil under RICO?
  • What argument should Khalil make in his defense against a racketeering charge?
  • Why are undercover agents used infrequently in organized crime cases?