McCoy v. Louisiana (Decision May 14, 2018)

Criminal Law

The Sixth Amendment ensures that the client runs the show.

Robert McCoy will get a retrial in a case that awarded him the death penalty. Why? Because McCoy's lawyer overruled his choice to plead innocent. The lawyer can't do that. 

Here's what the decision came down to.

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For more information on the case, see our Argument Explainer.

Here is the Supreme Court's opinion.