Union violence permitted by law – repeal that!

In United States v. Enmons, 410 U.S. 396 (1973), the Supreme Court held that violence, if carried out in furtherance of a labor union’s objectives, does not violate the law according to the extortion and robbery provisions of the federal anti-Racketeering Act of 1934.

The court’s ruling set a legal precedent where violent acts against an employer by workers on strike, including destruction of property, assault, and homicide, are not punishable offenses under federal law.

While technically the law specifically refers to extortion under the Hobbs Act, in fact the decision has led to an epidemic of union violence at which law enforcement typically winks.

What country is this? Do we live in the Soviet Union? Why is organized thuggery given a pass? Do certain parts of society need “affirmative action” to permit them to trample on law and order?

This provision, known as the Enmons decision is blatantly inappropriate for our time. It should be repealed.

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    • thomas hussman
    • March 14, 2014

    If you want to see how Minneapolis lawyers have profited by the Enmons decision, read about Royal Kenneth Hayes, a San Quentin prison death row resident. Next…ask his attorney Ronald Meshbashr how much he got paid from the Teamster union to defend the killer. Did attorneys Thomas Kelly and Paul Engh also profit as they defended the men who transported the guns so Hayes could murder Donald Macvicar and Lauren DeLaet. And what about the murder of GERALD PHILLIP COLLINS on January 4, 1975. Where is Robert Busch and his stolen police file?

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