Is Freezing Assets Needed to Pay Counsel of Choice Constitutional?

, New York Law Journal


Mark R. Hellerer and Anne C. Lefever of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman write that in its October 2013 term, the Supreme Court for the first time in 23 years will squarely consider the constitutionality of pretrial restraints on assets needed by a criminal defendant to pay counsel of choice, a question that has over the past two decades resulted in case law rife with split decisions, reversals, and en banc hearings.

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