No. 88-454.

491 U.S. 600 (1989)

109 S.Ct. 2657

105 L.Ed.2d 512


Supreme Court of United States.

Decided June 22, 1989

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Acting Solicitor General Bryson argued the cause for the United States. With him on the briefs were Assistant Attorney General Dennis, Edwin S. Kneedler, and Sara Criscitelli.

Edward M. Chikofsky argued the cause and filed a brief for respondent.*

JUSTICE WHITE delivered the opinion of the Court.

The questions presented here are whether the federal drug forfeiture statute authorizes a district court to enter a pretrial order freezing assets in a defendant's possession, even where the defendant seeks to use those assets to pay an attorney; if so, we must decide whether such an order is permissible under the Constitution. We answer both of these questions in the affirmative.


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