During the Civil War (1861-1865) the Confederate Congress passed the Act of Sequestration which legitimized lawyers to be appointed as Confederate receivers. Apparently about a hundred lawyers were appointed to such positions. They could legally confiscate assets of any Confederate citizen even on suspicion of Union leanings. The death penalty of the suspect was not beyond reality.
Kind of reminds one of Hitler's Nazis and the Jews in World War II Europe.
I only read about this for the first time just very recently in a Stars and Stripes post.
Makes me want to read more on the subject that I never knew existed.