REPORT: SCOTUS ruling favors death row inmate ‘betrayed by his lawyer’

BY TEAM DML / MAY 14, 2018 /

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WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court issued rulings on Monday in favor of a death row inmate whose lawyer disobeyed his instructions and a driver of a rental car that was searched without his permission after the police learned he was not listed as an authorized driver on the rental agreement.

The death penalty case concerned Robert McCoy, who was sentenced to death in Louisiana after his own lawyer told the jury Mr. McCoy had committed a triple murder.

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Mr. McCoy had insisted that he was innocent and had told his lawyer, Larry English, that he wanted to clear his name. But Mr. English pursued a different strategy in the 2011 trial, hoping that a candid acknowledgment of his client’s actions would earn him credibility during the trial’s sentencing phase.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, writing for the majority in the 6-to-3 decision, said Mr. English was not entitled to disregard his client’s instructions. His disloyalty, she wrote, required a new trial.

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