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High Court Determines 'Untainted' Assets Can't Be Frozen

Law360, Washington (March 30, 2016, 10:40 AM EDT) -- The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that allowing the government to freeze untainted assets violates defendants' right to counsel of their choosing under the Sixth Amendment, tossing an Eleventh Circuit ruling allowing that hold on the assets of a woman accused of a $45 million Medicare fraud.

In a 5-3 ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor voted to upend the judgment, finding the government cannot freeze assets not related to alleged wrongdoing in the case against Sila Luis, while Justice Clarence Thomas concurred in a separate opinion.

“We conclude that the defendant...

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