A defense attorney in a Louisiana murder trial admitted to the jury that his client was guilty in an attempt to avoid the death penalty – even though his client told him not to do that.
But the strategy backfired, and the jury returned a guilty verdict and the death sentence.
Now the U.S. Supreme Court is facing the question of whether the defendant deserves a new trial because the lawyer disobeyed the client’s instructions.
The case of Robert McCoy, profiled at Scotusblog, developed in 2011, when he was tried on three counts of first-degree murder for the 2008 shootings of Christine and Willie Young, and Gregory Colston.
The Youngs were the mother and stepfather of McCoy’s estranged wife, Yolando, and Colston was her son. (Read more from “Whoops! Defense Attorney Admits Client’s Guilt” HERE)