Seizing Assets. In Luis v. United States (564 Fed. Appx. 493 (11th Cir. 2014), cert. granted, 135 S. Ct. 2798 (2015)), the United States Supreme Court will revisit the issue of seizing assets: Does the pretrial seizure of a criminal defendant’s assets violate the Sixth Amendment right to counsel when it prevents the defendant from being able to afford a defense lawyer? The wrinkle in Luis is that it involves assets that are untainted by the alleged crime.