It is pretty well known when you are going to be tried by the federal gov’t, they do things like freeze your accounts to prevent you from hiring a good defense lawyer and make it easier to throw you under the bus.
> I wonder if it is standard procedure for the state to drag out cases in hopes of bankrupting defendants. If so, every defendant with a not guilty verdict should have financial recourse against the state.
“...the feds have used certain techniques that virtually assure convictions of both the innocent and the guilty, the wealthy and the poor, the violent drug dealer and the white collar defendant, indifferent to the niceties of due process of law, particularly the right to effective assistance of legal counsel.
“In order to prevent a defendant from retaining a defense team of his choice, federal prosecutors will first freeze his assets, even though a jury has yet to find them to have been illegally obtained. They then bring prosecutions of almost unimaginable complexity, assuring that the financially hobbled defendants diminished legal team (or, as is often the case, his court-appointed lawyer) will be too overwhelmed to mount an adequate defense.”