April 20, 1998

NOW v. Scheidler case documentsToday in League HistoryApril 20, 1998—After a seven-week trial, the jury in the NOW v. Scheidler case hands down it verdict, finding League Director Joe Scheidler and other defendents guilty of racketeering under the Racketeering and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) for their pro-life activities. The jury awards the plaintiffs—the National Organization for Women and abortion clinics—$85,926.92 in damages, which is trebled under RICO to over a quarter million dollars. Joe vows to appeal the decision. In two rulings in 2003 and 2006, the would overturned the jury decision, vindicating Joe and the other defendants.

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