Chief Justice and Justice Thomas agree with liberal justices about right to counsel

Chief Justice Roberts and Justice Thomas agreed today with Justices Breyer, Ginsberg and Sotomayor that the government could not freeze a criminal defendant’s untainted assets and prevent her from hiring a lawyer.

Swing vote Justice Kennedy sided with conservative Justices Alito with the opinion that the government could freeze all assets of a person accused of a crime.

Justice Kagan wrote a separate dissent arguing that the government should not be allowed to freeze any assets until the accused is actually proven guilty.

The case is Luis v. United States.

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