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Justin R. Cochran
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Justin R. Cochran’s practice focuses on commercial litigation and white collar defense, including criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. His white collar criminal and government investigation practice includes representing corporate and individual clients in both state and federal government criminal and regulatory investigations and enforcement actions. Mr. Cochran has represented clients in federal actions involving conspiracy, bank fraud, aviation fraud, health care fraud, environmental crime, securities fraud, and tax fraud.

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Kagan’s Luis Dissent Suggests Way for Defendants to Strike Back

In our last post, we discussed the recent decision Luis v. United States, in which the Supreme Court held that innocent assets are out of the government’s reach prior to trial. Justice Elena Kagan’s short but notable dissent in Luis addressed the issue of whether the government should be able to reach a defendant’s assets at all, allegedly “tainted” or not, prior to conviction. Read More ›

Hands Off! Supreme Court Rules Defendants May Use Innocent Assets to Hire Lawyers

Every defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. And the Sixth Amendment to the Constitution provides a defendant has the right to counsel of his or her own choosing. These rights are foundational to our criminal justice system.

However, prior to the Supreme Court’s decision yesterday in Luis v. United States, the government was able to undermine these basic rights. In cases involving conspiracy, healthcare fraud, and banking fraud, federal statutes allowed the government to seek a pretrial restraining order preventing defendants from using their innocently obtained assets to retain counsel. Read More ›