TBA Law Blog

Posted by: Amelia Ferrell Knisely on Mar 31, 2016

The U.S. Supreme Court yesterday ruled the government cannot, before trial, freeze assets needed to pay criminal defense lawyers if the assets are not linked to a crime. NPR reports the 5-3 ruling came in a Miami case where prosecutors received a court order to freeze assets of a woman who had fraudulently obtained $45 million. The woman challenged the asset-seizure order on grounds that she needed the untainted assets to hire a lawyer for trial.