Your Activist, My Mobster

A ruling by the high court enables foes to use a voracious racketeering law against pro-life leaders

IMAGINE THE FIVE-AND-TEN ON THE corner. In walk some shady types from the local social club. Nice place, say the boys. For a mere 500 bucks a week maybe it won't go up in flames. Like poor Mr. Kim's a week ago. Or Mr. O'Malley's before that.

That's a racket. Now, instead of a five-and-ten, picture an abortion clinic. And while you're at it, how about a miraculous conversion: turn the hoodlums into militant Christians, whose only payoff is in heaven. They still threaten violence, but not for money. That's a racket?

You can't rule it out just because the perpetrators...

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