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Is sex addiction really a thing? Science is skeptical

“I’ve never heard of it being used in a murder case,” Decatur attorney Keith Adams said. “It’s not a defense. Now maybe it’s a reason. But he can have illogical thoughts without having a mental disorder.”

Long’s addiction was real, say those familiar with his struggle to live a chaste life. Tyler Bayless, Long’s former roommate at Maverick Recovery, where they were treated in 2019 and 2020, said Long was hounded by shame and self-loathing every time he caved to carnal desires.

Bayless, writing on Facebook, said the shootings were “the product of an emotionally disturbed young man who was religious to the point of mania.”

‘Your soul is at stake’

In November, Associate Pastor Luke Folsom preached about the dangers of pornography and advised church members to get rid of their smartphones and cut off their internet service to avoid it, according to the New York Times.

“Your soul is at stake,” he said. Folsom did not respond to requests for comments by the AJC.

The church encouraged members to download software that would send alerts about “questionable web browsing” to a designated person to provide accountability.

“We owe it to our brothers and sisters in Christ, our families, and most of all, our Lord to battle against this temptation,” the church wrote. It said members who did not believe they had a problem with sex should install the app “to help avoid even the appearance of evil.”

According to Bayless, after Long left Maverick Recovery, he sought help at HopeQuest, an evangelical treatment center in Acworth, financially supported by several suburban churches.

Officials for HopeQuest did not respond to a request for comment. In one of several videos describing the center’s philosophy, Executive Director Troy Haas talks about how HopeQuest gets its clients.

“Our phone rings daily with calls from pastors, church leaders and Christians asking for help, overwhelmed with the problem of sexual addiction in context of the church and their lives,” Haas said.

In a podcast recorded in 2016, Haas urged pastors to address sinful sex in their congregations and the importance of “intensive residential treatment” for “sexual addiction or unwanted same-sex attraction.”

William Lloyd Allen, a professor of church history at Mercer University’s McAfee School of Theology, said Long’s alleged acts of violence reflect a disturbed mind. But he said they do need to be viewed within the context of the evangelical church.

“In a deranged way, he is simply backing up the theology he was given. He was given the theology that women are temptresses,” he said. “They teach that women tend to tempt men and especially impure women. They teach that God wants to people before marriage to never admit sexual desire, and if they do have sexual desires to think of them as sinful. So why wouldn’t he do those things if he is a little – or a lot – off balance?”

On March 21, following a somber Sunday service, the members of Crabapple voted to expel Long from the church, saying his actions showed he was not truly saved. Allen said the evidence would suggest the twice-baptized man believed himself to be a committed Christian “trying to live the life God wants him to live.”

In his regular podcast, Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, criticized the media attention placed on Crabapple and conservative Baptist theology in the wake of the shootings.

“As you look at this coverage it becomes increasingly clear that many in the mainstream media think it is, well, just odd that you would have Christians that would have such a concern with anything that might be described as lust,” he said. “Of course, the entire category of sin makes no sense in secular world view.”

Mohler said Long was not driven by the teachings of the church, but by a “tragic mixture of sexuality, of struggle, of what may well have been racism and sexual stereotyping of what was, as it turned out, a racially or ethnically patterned crime, even if that was not consciously at the heart of the crime.”

Mohler said sin, not Long’s claim of sexual addiction, was the root cause of his problems.

“One of the things that comes up in this article is the fact that this young man and others referred to his pattern of sin as an addiction. That is not a biblical word,” he said. “Therapy is not the rescue when it comes to sin. Only Christ is.”

Allen said Long was failed by a “white nationalistic religious subculture” that cloaked sex in shame and guilt, devalued women and minorities, and rejects therapy that is not “Bible-based.”

“He is not rejecting all your values. He is distorting all those values, but he got those values from you,” he said. “He is mentally deranged, but I think he is genuinely one of us – a white, evangelical Christian who went off the rails.”

Science skeptical

Sexual and mental health organizations reject establishing sex addiction as a diagnosis, said David Ley, a clinical psychologist and the author of “The Myth of Sex Addiction.”

The American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders’ 2013 edition said addictions to sex, shopping and exercises were not included because there was insufficient peer-reviewed evidence to identify them as mental disorders.

“While there are people who struggle to control their sexual desires, there is absolutely no scientific evidence that struggle is an addiction,” Ley said.

Ley and Joshua Grubbs, an assistant professor of psychology at Bowling Green State University, both dismissed the idea that sex addiction can make people commit violence.

“We have studies that show millions of Americans are concerned that their sexual behaviors might be excessive or out of control,” Grubbs said. “If that is true, millions of them are not going out and committing mass murder.”

Last year, Grubbs coauthored a study that found there was “almost no empirical basis for the treatment of compulsive sexual behaviors.” But that hasn’t stopped therapists, many connected to religious organizations, from offering treatment, much of which emphasizes abstinence.

“When we are inherently mammals that have a drive that is hardwired into us, it is not realistic for everybody,” Grubbs said. “Total abstinence often ignores that. It sets people up for failure.”

Ley holds similar views.

“Sex addiction treatment is absolutely not supported by science,” he said. “It is frankly unethical and potentially malpractice that people are out there providing these treatments and charging people a lot of money for them when there is no evidence they work. It is essentially experimental treatment.”

Nicole Prause, a neuroscientist who researches human sexual behavior and addiction, worries sex addiction treatment centers could harm patients struggling with other conditions, including depression.

“The major concern is that these sex addiction centers are delaying treatment for something that is appropriate to treat, which is most likely to be depression but it could be something else,” said Prause, who founded Liberos, an independent research institute in Los Angeles.

“There are lots of for-profit and religious organizations that will absolutely cause you to be upset about your sexual behavior because it benefits them. They can make money off of you or they can use this to support their religious goals.”

A legal dead end

Because it’s not accepted as a mental disorder, defenses based on sex addiction are rare. If anything, defense attorneys will trot it out as a mitigating factor aimed at producing a lesser sentence. Adams, the Decatur lawyer, said you’re more likely to see it raised in cases involving child porn possession or distribution.

“It’s not a defense. Now maybe it’s a reason,” he said. “But he can have illogical thoughts without having a mental disorder.”

Long’s attorney, Daran Burns, declined comment.

There have been some cases where the prosecution seized on an alleged perpetrator’s sex life to help explain a motive. That’s how Cobb County prosecutors framed their case against Justin Ross Harris, sentenced in 2016 to life in prison plus 32 years after he was found guilty of intentionally leaving his 22-month-old son inside a hot SUV to die. They argued he killed his son in order to pursue a sex-driven, consequence-free lifestyle.

Harris’ defense team fought unsuccessfully to block testimony about Harris’ extramarital dalliances and sexting. Lead Harris attorney Maddox Kilgore told the AJC that once that evidence was admitted his team never considered using addiction to explain their client’s behavior.

“If you put it into the proper context perhaps it can humanize the defendant,” he said. “But a lot of judges probably wouldn’t allow it.”

Georgia’s mental health statutes are very narrow, Kilgore said. Defendants must prove they were incapable of distinguishing between right and wrong, for instance.

For Long, choosing between what he considered right and wrong was a constant struggle.

“I wonder how this would have gone [if] he had been in an environment where he wasn’t repeatedly told how sinful he was for the things that drove him,” wrote Bayless, Long’s old roommate.

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Four people were shot at an Acworth spa Tuesday evening prior to the Atlanta spa shootings.”},{“_id”:”M7SJOXTACFGQXJS6UNQW3DBNUQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616158893736},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Grant’s death left her children grieving and fearful they’d have to move. Park wrote that his biggest priority is putting his mother to rest and providing for his and his brother’s daily lives. “},{“_id”:”6XX5RB6ZQ5EHFAJXS6TSNADSHA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616158893735},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“She was one of my best friends and the strongest influence on who we are today,” Park wrote. “Losing her has put a new lens on my eyes on the amount of hate that exists in our world. As much as I want to grieve and process the reality that she is gone, I have a younger brother to take care of and matters to resolve as a result of this tragedy.””},{“_id”:”TW6E555HR5DLVDBDBXGXD7QYUQ”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”X3M3JU5OBBEOJIOYCQMPSZ3QIA”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/you-never-know-in-this-crazy-world-families-pick-up-pieces-after-spa-shootings/AOMTQKTBV5EILNPOKDBYHYHHIM/”,”content”:”Families, friends cope after spa shootings”},{“_id”:”FG5SQJ54ARHUPOPYABW2MRK7EU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616158893738},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Long told investigators he has a sex addiction and decided to kill people to stamp out his own desires. Officials haven’t said if they believe race motivated the shooting, but experts say the case could well fall under the law as a hate crime.”},{“_id”:”WZNWC2IGUVDDLPQIKYRVVCAJUE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616158893739},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Cherokee County shooting victims were Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, of Acworth; Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta; Xiaojie Tan, 49, of Kennesaw; and Daoyou Feng, 44, of Kennesaw. 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WATCH: UPDATE – 1-year-old girl still missing after stolen vehicle found in #DeKalb – https://t.co/kQzhCMHJzS pic.twitter.com/iE6oiJPLbm

— John Spink (@johnjspink) March 18, 2021nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/johnjspink/status/1372559329933463554?s=20″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1616188685850},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”WZLPO5ZJNFBGBHCE4PLY5IZBNQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616178272894},”type”:”text”,”content”:”She left the car running to make a delivery, but kept the key fob in her pocket. She did not lock the doors. Her back was turned. And suddenly someone was driving her SUV down Harvest Dale Court with her baby still inside.”},{“_id”:”EJNOJD3ZMNGNXPT353X6A7BETU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616178272895},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“The next thing I knew, I see my truck going down the street,” Grisby said Friday, adding she would not resume nighttime deliveries. “I’m not doing anything at night anymore. 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WATCH: UPDATE – Police looking for 14-year old suspect in kidnapping of 1-year-old girl missing after stolen vehicle found in #DeKalb – https://t.co/kQzhCMZkYs pic.twitter.com/g0OUAr1Nuw

— John Spink (@johnjspink) March 18, 2021nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/johnjspink/status/1372586817317433360?s=20″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1616107352711},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”APEXDPYW6JANHIJTPE3YLJIGZU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616087898270},”type”:”text”,”content”:”A Levi’s Call, Georgia’s Amber Alert system, was issued for the child shortly before 7 a.m., five hours after Grisby reported the kidnapping. 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WATCH: UPDATE – 1-year-old girl still missing after stolen vehicle found in #DeKalb – https://t.co/kQzhCMHJzS pic.twitter.com/iE6oiJPLbm

— John Spink (@johnjspink) March 18, 2021nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/johnjspink/status/1372559329933463554?s=20″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1616107352718},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”I2FGK6MZZZFNBLHDHITYWDKVV4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616078309416},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Nissan’s tags were changed when police found it abandoned in a neighborhood off Young Road about 9 a.m. But there was no sign of Royalty, so the search continued into the afternoon.”},{“owner”:{“sponsored”:false,”id”:”ajc”},”address”:{},”syndication”:{},”caption”:”The Grisby family’s maroon Nissan Armada was found about 9 a.m. in a neighborhood off Young Road. 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They soon got a call from a couple. They recognized their son.”},{“_id”:”VOXNWKCOAJEW3IB6ILMQV5ZQJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616025777199},”type”:”text”,”content”:”While Cherokee County deputies were meeting with Robert Aaron Long’s parents, Atlanta police were responding to a call at Gold’s Spa on Piedmont Road. They arrived to find three bodies at Gold’s and another across the street, at Aromatherapy Spa.”},{“_id”:”2T4DDLSQFNBH5FYLRVTG3ONEJA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616025777200},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Hours later, Long, 21, would be apprehended in South Georgia. He now faces multiple murder charges and an aggravated assault charge.”},{“_id”:”Q4JWYSNZWRCSBH6C6RDIJJKXFQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616025777201},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I send condolences and prayers to the family and friends of the innocent victims,” said Atlanta City Council President Felicia Moore. “You go to work one day and someone comes in and creates a mass shooting event and your gone and your family member is gone.””},{“_id”:”SZ4CKPYE5FEABLA2FNPUNFR5VA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616025777202},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Atlanta police said they were able to use video footage to identify Long’s car parked outside both locations at the time of the shootings. Meanwhile, his parents informed deputies that a tracking device could lead authorities to his Hyundai Tucson.”},{“_id”:”KZJLLVJ3VVEUDK67MVN7EPLHFQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616025777203},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Long told police Tuesday he was overwhelmed by what he described as a sexual addiction at odds with his religious beliefs, authorities said.”},{“_id”:”VKAGKHBNUBGODIE6AC556ZD7IE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616025777204},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Victims of the Cherokee County shooting were Delaina Ashley Yaun, 33, of Acworth; Paul Andre Michels, 54, of Atlanta; Xiaojie Tan, 49, of Kennesaw; and Daoyou Feng, 44, of an unknown address. A fifth victim, Elcias Hernandez-Ortiz, 30, of Acworth, was in stable condition Wednesday.”},{“_id”:”R4A2O4WM4FEDPHO3LUS5DUXNBA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616025777205},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Atlanta authorities were still working to notify next of kin on Wednesday, and had not released identities of the victims killed in the spa shootings there.”},{“_id”:”OVRYFXJFOVALJKRJRJ2LJ77CPE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314736},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Though authorities say Long, who is white, denied race was a motive, the question will be asked in the investigation underway by federal, state and local officials.”},{“_id”:”R7CCS3U63FERHDGKVWSYVNA5FA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314737},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Gov. Brian Kemp said he wasn’t yet sure if the shooting would fall under Georgia’s hate crime law.”},{“_id”:”JCSDU5YG6VE2ZHPDJPYCBNQQYA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616025777208},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Early indications look like that could be the case,” Kemp told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I’m willing to … let the GBI, FBI and others get into the facts before we start weighing in.””},{“_id”:”SIFVGJPK2NHMVJ2NZQHSRYFLQE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314738},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Rosalind S. Chou, a Georgia State University sociology professor, said it would be an oversimplification to say the shootings weren’t hate crimes just because the suspect said race hadn’t motivated him.”},{“_id”:”YB57YCWNORDNJNJKCRQOAOIBEY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314739},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“The entire Asian (spa) industry is sexualized in a particularly racialized way,” said Chou, who authored the book “Asian American Sexual Politics: The Construction of Race, Gender, and Sexuality.””},{“_id”:”VSRKYAUZ2JGFDOSBWULZJWLRHI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314740},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Chou said she was horrified to think of a possible narrative emerging of a man, trying to stamp out his own sexual desires, choosing to kill women – mostly Asian – who he saw as too tempting.”},{“_id”:”IMOL3TU6ENG2BFGP46GXPQKTHQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314741},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Their mere existence,” Chou said, “triggered this gunman to go on a rampage.””},{“_id”:”GT6RFSX34ZCY3OLBKNS37J5CB4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314742},”type”:”text”,”content”:”‘A pretty good life’”},{“_id”:”OXJQZ3RJOZADZHDB4H3VVUEZPA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616015722066},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Long, a 2017 graduate of Sequoyah High School who lived near Milton, had no previous criminal record.”},{“_id”:”KK5HKXYWYJGADA5YM3PTIIHZWU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616015722068},”type”:”text”,”content”:”He and his parents were active members at Crabapple First Baptist Church, and social media posts, since deleted, show religion played a large role in Long’s life. He was on the youth ministry team at the church and, in 2017, visited Costa Rica on a mission trip. In a statement, church elders said they grieved for all involved; they declined interview requests.”},{“_id”:”F7VQCRDSDRHIVGQ7DBZMMNVMNI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314745},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Long had other interests. “Pizza, guns, drums, music, family, and God,” read a tagline from an Instagram account believed to be Long’s.”},{“_id”:”LCBQDRZCZNDSNFJ7DA7E4HA7QI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314746},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“This pretty much sums up my life,” Long explained. ”It’s a pretty good life.””},{“_id”:”DMG7LME6OJBYLHZBRUA7LIHTDU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616015722070},”type”:”text”,”content”:”But in 2018, he spoke of unspecified troubles in a video posted on the church’s Facebook page. He said he was helped by the Biblical story of the prodigal son.”},{“_id”:”KTL5CKBJFFD2BOCTJRSQCLAXX4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314748},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“The son goes off and squanders all that he has and lives completely for himself and then, when he finds he’s wanting to eat pig food, he realized there’s something wrong and he goes back to his father and his father runs back to him and embraces him,” he says on the video. “And by the grace of God I was able to draw the connection there and realize this is a story between what happened with me and God.””},{“_id”:”3CYWAQDRWNFEPPANJGFU3RGYNE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616015722074},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Susan Shaw, a professor of gender studies at Oregon State University, said she was struck by Long’s comments about eliminating temptations. Shaw, who was raised in a Southern Baptist Church in Rome, said his words echo a “purity culture” popular within that denomination.”},{“_id”:”WEYOJZLOKBGVPMILNMJG4NI7SU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616015722075},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“If a man is tempted, it’s a woman’s fault,” she said. “There’s a tremendous amount of guilt and shame that comes with that belief set. The purity culture expects people to reject their sexuality.””},{“_id”:”G6CY32XRSNA3ZGCBNR43LVP47Q”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314752},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The arrest”},{“_id”:”3CYWAQDRWNFEPPANJGFU3RGYNE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616015722074},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The Georgia State Patrol and Crisp County Sheriff Bill Hancock, contacted by Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds, were waiting for Long by the time he crossed the county line. After a short chase, troopers performed a PIT maneuver, in which they force a fleeing car to turn sideways abruptly, causing the driver to lose control and stop. Long was arrested without further incident.”},{“_id”:”5DLQAJYF35D7HA5OPZGFWJKEC4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021314756},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In his possession, police found the 9mm believed to have been used in the shootings. Long had purchased it hours earlier at Big Woods Goods in Holly Springs, the store confirmed, declining to comment. Georgia doesn’t have a waiting period for buying guns.”},{“_id”:”OTBT35VRYNGPJELMJFX7QF2MQI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616015722059},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Long told investigators he was headed to Florida, which he considered to be a hub for the porn industry, authorities said.”},{“_id”:”ZMWARPYUBNFYNNUU5W3KAIHG3I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616021590617},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I ran away living completely for myself,” Long said in the 2018 video, referring to the time before he was baptized, “and He still wants me, and so that’s when I was saved.””},{“_id”:”MU2STWXGVNB75HN2FH2YDSP2IU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1616023006386},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Staff writers Wilborn P. 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They also informed deputies that a tracking device could lead authorities to his vehicle, a Hyundai Tucson. Cherokee sheriff’s spokesman Jay Baker said he didn’t know why Long was being tracked, or if he was aware of it.”},{“_id”:”6RI7KWOS7ZAHXOHY5PBNV54WUY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302677},”type”:”text”,”content”:”They do know that, without the GPS tracker, and his parents’ cooperation, Long, accused of fatally shooting eight people Tuesday at three metro Atlanta massage parlors, would not have been apprehended so quickly, Baker said. Long was captured in Crisp County, about 150 miles south of Atlanta, en route to Florida, “perhaps to carry out additional shootings,” Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said at a press conference Wednesday.”},{“_id”:”LU4BT4NJ3ZAHFPO2XOSXOBX5GA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302679},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“This could’ve been significantly worse,” Bottoms said. “It’s very likely there would’ve been more victims.””},{“_id”:”SQA4FCXWZNE6PH7AMY73RH444Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302676},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Long, 21, told police he battled a sexual addiction and frequented the three parlors where the victims, all but two Asian women, were shot and killed. Baker said investigators do not believe Long was driven by racial animus.”},{“_id”:”G22ZGLWPBNETFMKMU6KB4PZ4RA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302680},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Baker said Long viewed Florida as a hub for the porn industry and “an outlet for something he shouldn’t be doing,” Baker said. The Atlanta area spas were “temptations to him he wanted to eliminate,” said Baker.”},{“_id”:”EVXTPLCWMRDKLFKDJB27OGU4ZM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302681},”type”:”text”,”content”:”As Cherokee deputies were meeting with Long’s parents, Atlanta police were responding to a robbery call at Gold’s Spa on Piedmont Road. They arrived to find three dead bodies at Gold’s and another across the street, at Aromatherapy Spa. Atlanta police were able to use video footage to identify Long’s car parked outside both locations at the time of the shootings.”},{“_id”:”TXNPSG6S3RDKJLKB5PIL4QIJOU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302682},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Long was heading south at this time. The Georgia State Patrol and Crisp County Sheriff Bill Hancock, contacted by Cherokee Sheriff Frank Reynolds, were waiting for him.”},{“_id”:”L2L5JP7TRZETZC76V7KWOVHSKY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302683},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Around 8:30 p.m., troopers and Crisp deputies spotted Long’s dark-colored Hyundai heading south on I-75 near Cordele. After a short chase, troopers performed a PIT maneuver, in which they force a fleeing car to turn sideways abruptly, causing the driver to lose control and stop. Long was arrested without incident.”},{“_id”:”3NFZYMJ4EVFDPE25BS7PT4VP7U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302684},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Police found a 9 MM firearm in his vehicle. He purchased the gun from Big Woods Goods in Holly Springs, the store confirmed.”},{“_id”:”HY4II67KP5BKVK4ZMGWQLY2CLM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302685},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We’re cooperating with the ATF and local enforcement,” said an employee who didn’t give his name. “That’s pretty much all we’re willing to say right now.””},{“_id”:”GXYLMRZTD5CPFE7EMIFXLCVQ5E”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”XZWTBO3CLZG6PC2ZHOBYWFZ3YM”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/what-is-the-pit-or-precision-immobilization-technique/NWVO77TYKNF7ZNGWYQIPTW4VNQ/”,”content”:”What is the PIT, or Precision Immobilization Technique?”},{“_id”:”7INQFUJRXRAYVFA2IFTQFZPI2A”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302686},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Police say Long admitted to the killings and said he was acting alone. He was transferred back to Cherokee County, where he will be arraigned Thursday.”},{“_id”:”I5XZPWJK3VAYLHE4HEG6EFIEQE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302687},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“He was pretty much fed up, at the end of his rope and this was a very bad day for him and this is what he did,” Baker said.”},{“_id”:”YYCZGNC56FCNFHTD3L57PJPWWE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615997302688},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Staff writer Joshua Sharpe contributed to this article.”}],”display_date”:”2021-03-17T16:03:52.936Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Spa shooting suspect’s parents helped authorities catch him”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-03-17T16:03:52.936Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/news/crime”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Crime & Public Safety”,”description”:”Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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A 21-year-old man from Woodstock, who was captured in South Georgia on Tuesday night, is the suspect in three metro Atlanta massage parlor shootings that left eight people dead, authorities said. Robert Aaron Long was first identified as the suspect in the shooting at Young’s Asian Massage Parlor in Cherokee County that left four people dead and one person injured, according to the sheriff’s office. He is also a suspect in two more shootings at similar businesses in northeast Atlanta that resulted in four more deaths, according to a sheriff’s office spokesman.rSix of the eight victims were Asian women, authorities said. 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Boone Boulevard and later died at a hospital. Investigators believe Fielder was involved in an argument with several other men that escalated to gunfire.”},{“_id”:”27NRJ57VDRBOJB7WDKZDWVO45I”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”D4OLAXJ5TZH3NPPGGCLBCKWFF4″},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/argument-leads-to-fatal-shooting-near-nw-atlanta-supermarket/DB67XQKEJFFNXESROKOZBJGJBI/”,”content”:”Argument leads to fatal shooting outside NW Atlanta supermarket”},{“_id”:”VT5IXRYX6ZFMZECHCJK7GGCVHQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615911903988},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Sheats’ arrest is the only one made in the case. No further details were released about his Smyrna charge.”},{“_id”:”V4226WKPZBAUVKUSNFL4PTHF3E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615911903989},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“We are very grateful for our homicide detectives for their continuous hard work and identifying the murder suspect in this case,” Atlanta police said in a news release. “Additionally, a huge thank you goes to the Smyrna Police Department for making this arrest! Another murderer off of the streets of Atlanta!””},{“_id”:”KVT4LZRZ2JE6LGLLPCCWTBAL7E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615911903990},”type”:”text”,”content”:”― Please return to AJC.com for updates.”}],”display_date”:”2021-03-16T12:29:17.731Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Arrest made months after deadly shooting at NW Atlanta food mart”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-03-16T12:29:17.731Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/news”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”News”,”description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”_id”:”/news”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”SectionMap”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”LoggedOutMenu”:null,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”/news/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”site_title”:”Atlanta GA News | Top News Page”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”News”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”News”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/news”,”ancestors”:{“default”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”SectionMap”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”LoggedOutMenu”:[]},”order”:{“default”:1001,”TopNavRedesign”:1001,”SectionMap”:1015,”TopNav”:1001,”ComposerNav”:1164}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/news/crime”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Crime & Public Safety”,”description”:”Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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(1/3) ?We need your help identifying the man wanted for the March 10th attack and robbery of a 65-year-old woman. The attack happened at approx. 7:30 p.m. inside the victim’s home on Bowling Green Way. pic.twitter.com/LZPF5xAotq

— DeKalb County Police Department (@DeKalbCountyPD) March 12, 2021nn”,”_id”:”https://twitter.com/DeKalbCountyPD/status/1370496630760341514″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:1615859034925},”provider_name”:”Twitter”,”height”:null},”type”:”oembed_response”},{“_id”:”WWDQMRD2IVDGJCFBOV7V5BGMFQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615588644841},”type”:”text”,”content”:”According to the initial investigation, Holland was attacked just after she arrived home around 7:30 p.m. She was returning after visiting family and running errands, she told Channel 2.”},{“_id”:”EJGQ6EVLSJEENIHXK5X3X3WQ2Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050903},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I noticed the cat was acting kind of funny — like she heard somebody or something,” Holland said. “And then I heard some steps coming down the hall toward my bedroom. So I started to get up, and then I heard something fall in the den.””},{“_id”:”X3TMATKCBVDIFHGZ4EYKKIWTRY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050904},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Holland, a grandmother who has twice survived cancer, left her bedroom and came face to face with the man, leading to a physical altercation.”},{“_id”:”UXEQDQVZZVES5GQ6AXMBQ25LX4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050905},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I tried to struggle with him, and he got back behind me, so I couldn’t see him, and he was kind of holding me down. And I really thought he was going to rape me,” Holland told the news station.”},{“_id”:”KBT2HWL5UBARDBXP4B75V6FYUA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615859034930},”type”:”text”,”content”:”She tried to scream for help, but the man began hitting her. From that point on, Holland doesn’t remember much.”},{“_id”:”AWT57OJJTBH5VJGA2IUUXRSCM4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050906},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“After that, I must’ve blacked out. The next thing I remember — I had walked over across the street to my neighbor’s house, and I knocked on their door, and they called 911,” Holland said.”},{“_id”:”RX6C3CAMPJDWTG6WZXG3DTL2IE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050907},”type”:”text”,”content”:”After Holland escaped to her neighbor’s house, the man was able to leave with her purse and other valuable items, police said.”},{“_id”:”ZBHLRPHCNNBJVAIXC7SGGRKCFU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615590299184},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Holland was taken to the hospital and has since been recovering at a family member’s house. She suffered a broken jaw and other facial fractures, Channel 2 reported.”},{“_id”:”4ERAXIROOZCUTOJ4ZRNERDKPIE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050909},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Asked how the man was able to get inside her house, she said she left her door unlocked.”},{“_id”:”C4BKNBZGBJFG3I3NK5NVO7VXWQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615859034935},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I made the mistake. I got in, left the door cracked. I thought the cat was going out,” Holland said.”},{“_id”:”BHGNRQ6J35GEFIOAG4IF5ZJIUA”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”ZHZ66AR3CJGQPFOBMUUPIAH7TA”},”type”:”raw_html”,”content”:”“},{“_id”:”RXMVT4JWYBBURJI5ST6YZ5A5VY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615848050911},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I really want to catch the guy. 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HCSO deputies searching for jail inmate who walked away from an outside work detail this morning. David Daniel Morgan, 37, was in jail on a nonviolent theft charge. Call 911 to provide info on his whereabouts.https://t.co/wlS3xBMV72 pic.twitter.com/ngr390UVx8

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He was wearing a blue jail jumpsuit when he left the work detail, authorities said.”},{“_id”:”ZJWDLWLFWFEDNHD63QOPLRH4FI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1613152705197},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Anyone who sees Morgan or the silver Chevrolet Trailblazer is asked to call 911.”},{“_id”:”2W46KMIYPVBSJDZQO7TUEZLOQQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1613152705198},”type”:”text”,”content”:”— Please return to AJC.com for updates.”}],”display_date”:”2021-03-15T16:49:02.651Z”,”headlines”:{“basic”:”Hall deputies seek inmate who left work detail in silver SUV”},”first_publish_date”:”2021-02-12T18:00:50.336Z”,”taxonomy”:{“sections”:[{“path”:”/news”,”parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”name”:”News”,”description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”_id”:”/news”,”additional_properties”:{“original”:{“parent”:{“default”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”BottomNav”:null,”TopNavRedesign”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”SectionMap”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”LoggedOutMenu”:null,”TopNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”,”ComposerNav”:”https://www.ajc.com/”},”site”:{“site_url”:”/news/”,”section_comments_enabled”:”Yes”,”site_description”:”Atlanta Georgia News main page: Breaking News, Atlanta Weather Forecast, Crime, Politics, GA Schools, Local Articles – Atlanta Journal-Constitution”,”site_title”:”Atlanta GA News | Top News Page”},”navigation”:{“nav_title”:”News”},”inactive”:false,”node_type”:”section”,”_website”:”ajc”,”name”:”News”,”Sponsor”:{“sponsor_url_open_new_tab”:”true”,”sponsor_desktop_banner”:””,”sponsor_mobile_banner”:””,”sponsor_url”:””},”_id”:”/news”,”ancestors”:{“default”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”BottomNav”:[],”TopNavRedesign”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”SectionMap”:[“https://www.ajc.com/”],”LoggedOutMenu”:[]},”order”:{“default”:1001,”TopNavRedesign”:1001,”SectionMap”:1015,”TopNav”:1001,”ComposerNav”:1162}}},”_website_section_id”:”ajc./news”,”type”:”section”,”version”:”0.6.0″},{“path”:”/news/crime”,”parent”:{“default”:”/news”},”_website”:”ajc”,”parent_id”:”/news”,”name”:”Crime & Public Safety”,”description”:”Crime in Atlanta: News and issues about crime, criminals, police and personal security in metro Atlanta. 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Now, nearly 50 years into their existence, it’s not just organized crime figures who find themselves ensnared by the widening reach of racketeering laws.”},{“_id”:”K4AFKYEJGFFJZJJ5LMANHVPAMU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615393006866},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Georgia’s version of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, has been used successfully against street gangs, an assisted suicide network, and a former DeKalb County sheriff who assassinated his political rival.”},{“_id”:”4LM7ZQMB3NCBROOVLAQVYO3USQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615474949648},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Even educators have been targets.”},{“_id”:”OXG65LQVDFDZZAZKUE3M7FMRLQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615513059342},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In 2014, a tough-minded Fulton County assistant district attorney used RICO to secure 11 convictions and 21 guilty pleas from teachers and administrators implicated in the Atlanta Public Schools cheating scandal. That same prosecutor, Fani Willis, now the newly elected district attorney, has indicated she may use RICO again as she investigates allegations of election fraud against former President Donald Trump and some of his most steadfast advisers.”},{“_id”:”FDPOWESM2JEJRBEGOD7WKPTJFM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615579846804},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Willis raised the possibility in letters to top state officials last month as part of her investigation into Trump’s Jan. 2 phone call with Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and related events. And she recently hired John Floyd, an Atlanta litigator widely considered to be the state’s leading RICO authority. A spokesman insisted Floyd was hired as an adviser and not specifically for the Trump case.”},{“_id”:”YGTJ43GU7FHFFJWV7PWDHYANNE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615579846805},”type”:”text”,”content”:”During the APS trial, Willis provided observers with a window into how broadly she believes the statute can be applied.”},{“_id”:”YMARIOQCDJDKLCRVAT3ZL6ATRY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615579846806},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“You don’t under RICO have to have a formal sit-down dinner meeting where you eat spaghetti,” Willis told jurors in 2014. “But what you do have to do is all be doing the same thing for the same purpose. You all have to be working towards that same goal. In this case, the goal (was to) inflate test scores illegally.””},{“_id”:”LIDGSH2UFRG57AY4OVGRIKOGFI”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”HKIHKISOXRBTBIJ5K3ZHTMTNR4″},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”New Fulton DA balances Trump probe, massive local workload”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/crime/new-fulton-da-balances-trump-probe-massive-local-workload/AHWEA3OAIFE55CTWB6LQBMS5R4/”},{“_id”:”M6VADEYE2RDXHHFDS5EONCAHKA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615487136450},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Should Willis choose to press forward with charges against Trump, it would mark the first time a commander-in-chief has been charged with a crime after leaving office. If charged and convicted of racketeering, a felony, Trump and his associates face a sentence of up to 20 years’ imprisonment in Georgia.”},{“_id”:”IA7Z6GMG5ZEHZEKI7Y27S3BPZI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615396906051},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“Nobody knows how all of this fits within our legal framework,” said Jeffrey E. Grell, a Minneapolis-based attorney and law professor who specializes in RICO.”},{“level”:2,”_id”:”IGM3YU5CWNDNJMZTDSVOX2QNNQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615396906052},”type”:”header”,”content”:”It’s a complicated legal tool”},{“_id”:”W2FBRX2WJ5D2NI6NOYGYZ4OZ5Y”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615396906053},”type”:”text”,”content”:”The federal RICO statute was put on the books in 1970 to specifically target the mob by letting prosecutors roll different crimes together into one case. A decade later, Frank “Funzi” Tieri, don of the notorious Genovese crime family, became the first Mafia boss found guilty on racketeering charges.”},{“_id”:”A2IR5EXVTBBDJL2EGN5NSMUZ4I”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615496730135},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Rudy Giuliani, then the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, used the law to indict the heads of New York City’s five major organized crime families in 1985 on charges that included extortion and murder for hire, and did the same against Wall Street financier Michael Milken in 1989.”},{“_id”:”D326AIFF3NC3PKU5YDE6RW6UHE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615496730136},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Giuliani is now being investigated by Willis for false claims he made in testimony before a Georgia Senate committee as Trump’s personal lawyer following the November election.”},{“_id”:”ZJDBLWOQ3RGPVFQYBOOPTC3QZU”,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”WN34F2BEMVC5XPJ7DNUQCRAPGU”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”content”:”Fulton DA’s investigation into Trump heads to grand jury”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/crime/fulton-das-investigation-into-trump-heads-to-grand-jury/GI6UQWVVLJGCPMCCBKDES5FJ4Y/”},{“_id”:”5UN6X6GTLRE2HKAPTXQQPOD5FQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836185},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In 1981, Georgia legislators concerned about “the increasing sophistication of various criminal elements,” as the AJC previously reported, enacted their own version of the statute patterned on the federal law.”},{“_id”:”DWLPPWGFS5F57LC7J3QQXT5BIQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615474949666},”type”:”text”,”content”:”It’s an effective tool, say legal observers, but only in the right hands.”},{“_id”:”SV2STVREVBCATDVPOKHKP2HW6M”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541888},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s not as easy to explain to jurors as the substantive underlying crimes,” said Atlanta attorney Esther Panitch, who used a civil version of RICO in a sex abuse lawsuit she filed against the Boy Scouts of America. For Panitch, the racketeering laws provided an avenue to go after the Scouting organization since Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act protected churches and civic groups like the Boy Scouts from financial liability.”},{“_id”:”OCM5MPJBFBEQ3HKSZ7N6ONQV74″,”additional_properties”:{“comments”:[],”_id”:”AYO73STCHZBETHTXFI5MCLO47Y”},”type”:”interstitial_link”,”url”:”https://www.ajc.com/news/crime/lawyer-john-floyd-tapped-by-fulton-da-is-a-rico-expert-and-much-more/6EDYNNFOTZE5DPQY2YQKJBJYHQ/”,”content”:”Lawyer John Floyd, tapped by Fulton DA, is a RICO expert and much more”},{“_id”:”B35QO5XR2VC7POD4A6THIDQWS4″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615438104173},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In order to be tried under RICO, two offenses — such as theft, bribery, murder, false statements under oath, or witness tampering — must occur. Those crimes must have been committed by two or more persons seeking to control or protect an institution, property or interest.”},{“_id”:”7RXIUF2D5JBJFARIMRHRGPXJZI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615487136462},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It doesn’t have to be a criminal enterprise they’re protecting, like the Boy Scouts or the presidency,” Panitch said. “It can be the methods used to protect that institution which makes it criminal.””},{“_id”:”O2RW4P7TV5D4FLKDKU5DAZ4T34″,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615438104180},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Critics say RICO has been exploited by prosecutors, often as a tool to introduce evidence that, without racketeering charges, would not be admissible.”},{“_id”:”CMNI36U7ANFHLLLROAGHFQGPWI”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541899},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“I think it’s been overused for quite a long time,” well before the APS cheating case, said Atlanta criminal defense attorney Steve Sadow.”},{“_id”:”V3I7LCUOPFBFRML7HI6MRNNZZE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836195},”type”:”text”,”content”:”State law defines racketeering more broadly than the federal statute, according to John Banzhaf III, professor of public interest law at George Washington University Law School, who filed complaints asking Willis and other Georgia officials to investigate Trump’s call with Raffensperger”},{“_id”:”XHYLFHCJ3RA6VIPOMZXQHS3SDM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836196},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It makes it somewhat easier, you have to prove less to prove a pattern of racketeering,” he said. “It does not require, unlike the federal one, the existence of a (criminal) enterprise.””},{“_id”:”QYJ3T2FQWNGYVB6O7GLHAHJBYE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541902},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Sadow said if Willis goes for RICO charges, she would be able to pursue potential evidence from outside of Georgia in an attempt to prove a wider conspiracy.”},{“_id”:”Y6QVP4OLL5EELLS5UYJOJ7G3EE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541903},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“She can make it as broad as she wants,” he said. “There’s just no limit to it.””},{“level”:2,”_id”:”PVXPCWGWNZHILKXTZ75SK5AAGU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836191},”type”:”header”,”content”:”‘No real reason not to’ use RICO”},{“_id”:”JOJGBDHWEFHAFA3R3R72DDTF2E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836192},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Still, most legal observers were surprised when Willis brought up the prospect of a RICO case against Trump. Racketeering is harder to prove than other crimes, they said, so why not focus on something that’s more cut-and-dried so she could secure an easier win?”},{“_id”:”TQFJWI6ICFH6HCGPUD3CAG5LAU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836193},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“In my experience, prosecutors can get in trouble if they make their case too complicated,” said Atlanta attorney David Walbert. “With a complicated case, the evidence may get complicated too.””},{“_id”:”GINVLFKP5BDODKTMEXMLOXDOZQ”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[{“pos”:127,”comment”:” himself”}],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836194},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Others say the extra work to argue a racketeering case could pay off. Under RICO, a defendant needn’t have committed the crime. A defendant could be convicted because of the person’s association with illegal acts.”},{“_id”:”V3I7LCUOPFBFRML7HI6MRNNZZE”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836195},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“There’s no real reason not to,” Sadow said when asked if he thinks Willis will go there. If she does, the Fulton DA would not have to prove Trump knew of all the activities aimed at overturning Georgia’s election results, said Sadow.”},{“_id”:”P7KPLDOEYFEHJISBN3EPPXL5UY”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541912},”type”:”text”,”content”:”“It’s a broadening of culpability,” he said. “People get swept up and charged with criminal activity based on the conduct of others for which they are being held responsible, despite being on the fringes.””},{“_id”:”SLZZQIHUB5BJ7DUBSOYXF7C72E”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615481541913},”type”:”text”,”content”:”In a potential Trump prosecution, showing a pattern of such activity over a substantial period of time, as RICO requires, may be the most difficult hurdle to clear.”},{“_id”:”DHOZPFSYB5GINM6RLB4NFD7PMM”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836198},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Based on what has been publicly disclosed to this point, the ex-president didn’t pressure Georgia officials until after the November election, and he left office on Jan. 20. Grell, the Minnesota RICO expert, said many courts have interpreted two years as an adequate time frame to establish a pattern, even as they’ve been “reluctant to adopt any kind of bright line rule.””},{“_id”:”FNT33LR6PFGOHBIC66QSVE5ZKA”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836199},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Alternately, lawyers could show threats against officials occurred for an “indefinite duration,” but that could be more difficult to prove.”},{“_id”:”FTAMG2P5YZCOLO67TMM2PPFEJU”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615418836201},”type”:”text”,”content”:”Despite that, RICO may still be too juicy a target for prosecutors to avoid. Not only would jail time be on the table, but also the forfeiture of property used in the course of or derived from a convicted person’s racketeering activity. 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Floyd later obtained his undergraduate degree from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, majoring in history, before attending Emory University law school.”},{“_id”:”UUW4UGAMRNGGXF2WTKHHMR7Z7U”,”additional_properties”:{“inline_comments”:[],”comments”:[],”_id”:1615404649657},”type”:”text”,”content”:”After that, he spent two years as a law clerk for U.S. District Judge William O’Kelley. 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