The expansion of the law of conspiracy and the increasing number of prosecutions for its violation have been much commented on lately. Many kinds of anti-social conduct directed principally against the public welfare are now frequently punished by prosecution for conspiracy instead of prosecution for the substantive offense. Conspiracy is an ideal way to deal with organized crime and has been used extensively against quasi-treasonous activities. Similarly the Sherman Act's criminal sanctions are primarily couched in terms of conspiracy and the civil conspiracy action for divestiture or dissolution is the usual method of enforcing the antitrust laws. This emphasis on conspiracy is advanced most frequently in the federal courts but is not restricted to them.
Joseph H. Levie,
HEARSAY AND CONSPIRACY: A REEXAMINATION OF THE CO-CONSPIRATORS' EXCEPTION TO THE HEARSAY RULE,
Mich. L. Rev.
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