Traffic: Now, a Real Fuzzbuster!

Now, a Real Fuzzbuster!

When Congress enacted the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act in 1970, federal prosecutors used it to attack organized crime. But Seal Beach, Calif., attorney Ernest J. Franceschi Jr. is suing the city of Huntington Beach, Calif., under the RICO statute for operating what he claims is an illegal speed trap. Franceschi charges that the city can't produce proof of a traffic-engineering survey justifying the use of radar on a busy stretch of road. He also says police have handed out about 100 tickets a day amounting to $20 million in fines over 10 years, and his class-action suit calls for...

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