Grand Jury Gets Last Word On Criminal Charges: High Court

Law360, New York (February 25, 2014, 6:21 PM EST) -- The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday that criminal defendants who can't afford an attorney because of an asset freeze don't have a constitutional right to challenge underlying charges during a pretrial hearing, ruling the grand jury had the “final word” on charges against a former Johnson & Johnson sales representative.

In a 6-3 opinion, the high court resolved a split between the circuits over the constitutional right of a defendant to fight criminal charges at a pretrial hearing, affirming and remanding an April 2012 Eleventh Circuit...
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