You get a choice this week! Please respond to one of the following:
Option 1: “Fake Gucci and Organized Crime”
So what’s the big deal about purchasing a fake designer handbag?!? Research and analyze the primary manner in which the purchase of counterfeit merchandise such as fake handbags may impact all areas in our lives. Next, based on the text, provide your opinion of whether or not the government can use the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) or the Continuing Criminal Enterprise Statute (CCE) to combat global organized financial crimes like the sale of counterfeit merchandise.
Option 2: Government Officials Behaving Badly
The Supreme Court of the United States once opined, “…nothing can destroy the government more quickly than its failure to observe its own laws, or worse, its disregard of the charter of its own existence.”
What does the Court mean by this?
Research a recent case where a public official engaged in one of the crimes identified in Chapter 19 of the textbook.
Provide the facts of the case, who was involved, crimes committed, and the conviction and sentencing.
Why does the public hold public officials to a higher standard?
Should sentencing be enhanced? Why or why not?
Provide a rationale to support your response and respond to no less than one of your peers.