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Nixing Mongol Biker TM In RICO Case Unconstitutional: Judge

A California federal judge said Thursday that the First and Eighth amendments bar the government from stripping the Mongol Nation motorcycle club’s rights to its trademark-registered emblems as part of the group’s recent conviction under the Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act…

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Mongol Biker Group Loses Trademarked Logo In RICO Case

The Mongol Nation motorcycle club has to give up its trademarked emblem, a California federal jury said Friday, in what prosecutors described as a first-of-its-kind verdict based on links between the image and the criminal activities attributed to the group, including drug trafficking and murder…

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El Salvador Congress Makes ‘Extraordinary’ Prison Measures Permanent

El Salvador’s Congress passed a bill that makes permanent a previously temporary tightening of security measures in prisons, cementing a policy that has been criticized as ineffective and harmful to inmates’ human rights…

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Weekly InSight: Organized Crime Influence in Upcoming El Salvador Election

In our February 22 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the criminal infiltration of El Salvador’s politics ahead of legislative and municipal elections scheduled for March 4…

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Weekly InSight: Behind the Scenes of Our Investigation of MS13 in the Americas

In our February 15 Facebook Live session, Co-Director Steven Dudley, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa took a behind-the-scenes look at a groundbreaking new investigation of the MS13 by InSight Crime and American University’s Center for Latin American & Latino Studies…

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Weekly InSight: Preview of InSight Crime’s Investigation of MS13 in the Americas

In our February 8 Facebook Live session, Senior Investigator Héctor Silva Ávalos and Senior Editor Mike LaSusa discussed the release of a major, groundbreaking investigation by InSight Crime that delves into the much-feared, yet little-understood MS13 gang…

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GameChangers 2017: Government and Gangs Battle for Brazil

A new war between Brazil’s two biggest crime groups has contributed to escalating violence across the country, which authorities are struggling to contain due to flawed crime control policies as well as ongoing political and economic uncertainty…

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