High Court To Decide If Asset Freeze Limits Right To Atty

Law360, New York (March 18, 2013, 5:44 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case that could determine whether a criminal defendant who cannot afford an attorney because of an asset freeze has the constitutional right to challenge the government's underlying charges during a pretrial hearing.

The court granted a petition for certiorari in Kaley v. United States, which concerns whether a defendant whose assets are frozen through a restraining order has the right, under the Fifth and Sixth amendments, to fight the charges at a pretrial hearing if the assets...
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