Georgia AG Uses RICO Act To Charge Leftist Activists

Amid mounting criminal charges widely seen as politically motivated, former President Donald Trump recently asserted that he would have “no choice” but to engage in similar tactics against his political enemies if he is elected to a second term next year.

“I always had such great respect for the office of the president and the presidency,” he said during a recent interview. “And I never hit Biden as hard as I could have. And then I heard he was trying to indict me and it was him that was doing it.”

It now appears that he will not have to wait until a second term to see the troubling precedent be used as justification for the prosecution of leftists.

Trump’s remarks came on the heels of his fourth and most recent indictment, filed in Fulton County, Georgia, under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. This week, Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr, a Republican, affirmed that more than five dozen left-wing activists will be facing charges related to the racketeering statute.

The 61 defendants are accused of participating in widespread, destructive protests against the construction of a major police training facility in Dekalb County. Carr has long denounced the actions of these anti-police extremists, declaring in January: “We are not Oregon. We are not California. We are not Washington. You cannot come to our state, break our laws, throw rocks at buildings, damage property and shoot police officers. You can and you will be charged, and that’s exactly what we’re doing.”

He made good on that promise with an announcement on Tuesday, issuing domestic terrorism charges against three dozen individuals and counts including fraud, money laundering and intimidation against others. By attaching RICO enhancements to the charges, any defendant convicted in the case could face harsher penalties.

Each of the individuals indicted this week are affiliated with Defend the Atlanta Forest, a group that Carr described as “anarchist, anti-police and anti-business.”

It is worth noting that, while many of Trump’s political foes celebrated Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’ use of racketeering charges against the former president and 18 alleged co-conspirators, left-leaning figures and entities are now lashing out against Carr’s decision.

In its statement on the matter, the American Civil Liberties Union called the move “unprecedented and extremely concerning,” vowing to continue “tracking the situation closely.”

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