Indicted couple want assets freed to pay lawyers

 WASHINGTON (AP) — The best thing Howard Srebnick had going for him at the Supreme Court Wednesday was that he was trying to persuade nine very good lawyers in black robes about the importance of being able to hire a good lawyer.

Miami-based Srebnick was representing a New York couple who have been indicted on charges they stole medical devices. The government froze their assets, including the $500,000 they set aside for their legal defense.

The Supreme Court has upheld the government's ability to put a hold on property and money that can be tied to illegal activity, but has never ruled whether defendants are entitled to a hearing first.


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