Luis v. United States

Brief of Amici Curiae National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers in Support of Petitioner.

Brief filed: 08/25/2015


Luis v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 14-419

Prior Decision

Decision below 564 Fed.Appx. 493 (11th Cir. 2014).


The government's attempt to restrain untainted assets circumvents an essential limit on the forfeiture power. The government's interest in forfeiture does not outweigh a defendant's right to spend her own money on counsel of choice.

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Courtney J. Linn and Robert Loeb, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, Sacramento, CA; Sharon Cohen Levin, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, New York, NY; David B. Smith, Smith & Zimmerman PLLC, Alexandria, VA; Jonathan D. Hacker, Washington, DC.