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BSKS has handled countless appeals, both at the federal and state level, all across the country, including having briefed, argued and won in the United States Supreme Court.  The Supreme Court of the United States accepts so few cases to review and Firm partner Howard Srebnick has now been there twice since 2013, and in 2016, the Court adopted views expressed in the amicus brief drafted by the firm.

 

UNITED STATES v. KALEY, Case No. 12-464

A Petition for Writ of Certiorari was granted in the case asking the question of whether criminal defendants who cannot use their assets to retain counsel of choice because of an asset freeze have the constitutional right to challenge the government's underlying charges during a pretrial hearing.

 

SILA LUIS v. UNITED STATES, Case No. 14–419

March 30, 2016 - The U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion that will shape the future of the private practice of criminal defense. In a case that threatened the demise of the private bar, the Court ruled that a pretrial injunction prohibiting a criminal defendant from spending untainted assets to retain counsel of choice violates the Sixth Amendment.   

 

PUERTO RICO V. SANCHEZ VALLE, Case No. 15-108

Miami, FL – June 9, 2016 – Representing the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers - Miami Chapter, Firm attorneys Howard Srebnick and Joshua Shore co-authored  an amicus brief in support of the defendants in the Supreme Court of the United States in Puerto Rico v. Sanchez Valle. The Court ruled in favor of the defendants, holding that the Double Jeopardy Clause barred Puerto Rico from prosecuting them after they had already been adjudicated in federal court for the same offense.


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