Supreme Court rules against defendants in asset freeze case

Reuters News
Posted: Feb 25, 2014 10:24 AM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled that criminal defendants facing federal charges cannot challenge a court's decision to freeze their assets before trial.

By a 6-3 vote, the court said defendants can be prevented from using assets frozen by a pretrial order for their legal defense without a court hearing on the matter.

The case before the court concerned Kerri Kaley, a sales representative for a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson Inc who, along with her husband Brian, was indicted by federal prosecutors in Florida for reselling medical devices, including sutures, that she obtained from hospitals to which she had previously sold the same products.

(Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Howard Goller)