On March 30, the Supreme Court ruled that allowing the government to freeze untainted assets violates defendants’ right to counsel of their choosing under the Sixth Amendment.  The defendant had obtained $45 million from the government, and fraudulently spent that money.  The government froze $2 million of the defendant’s assets that did not stem from fraud as “property of equivalent value” to the fraudulent proceeds.  In reversing the Eleventh Circuit ruling that permitted the asset freeze, Justice Breyer (writing for four justices) wrote that the property “belongs to the defendant, pure and simple.”  Justice Breyer added that “[i]n this respect it differs from a robber’s loot, a drug seller’s cocaine, a burglar’s tools, or other property associated with the planning, implementing, or concealing of a crime.”  Luis v. United States, 14-419 (U.S.).