Magluta v. United States

Brief of Criminal Defense Attorneys (NACDL and FACDL) as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioner (On Petition for Writ of Certiorari).

Brief filed: 03/27/2017


Magluta v. United States

United States Supreme Court; Case No. 16-964

Prior Decision

Decision below 660 Fed.Appx. 803 (11th Cir. Aug. 30, 2016).


The Sixth Amendment right to counsel demands a strict construction of section 1956(a)(1)(B)(i)’s heightened intent requirement. The reasoning of Caplin & Drysdale and Monsanto is flawed. In those cases, the Court construed the Sixth Amendment as offering no constitutional protection to the payment of counsel of choice with the proceeds of alleged, but not yet proven, criminal conduct. This case represents an ideal vehicle to determine whether the validity of the decisions should be reconsidered, as Justice Kagan, in Luis v. United States, 136 S. Ct.1083, 112 (2016) (Kagan, J., dissenting), suggested might now be appropriate.

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Benjamin S. Waxman, Benjamin S. Waxman LLC, Miami, FL; Jeffrey T. Green, Washington, DC.