Can a Lawyer Go Against Their Client's Wishes? The Supreme Court Will Decide

January 19, 2018

The Supreme Court is deliberating a case that could fundamentally reshape the relationship between an an attorney and their client. 

 

The case, McCoy v. Louisiana, looks at a decision made by Louisiana criminal defense attorney Larry English in 2010. English was representing Robert McCoy, who was charged with killing his mother-in-law, her husband and her 17-year-old grandson. He insisted he was innocent, but English told the jury he was "crazy" — and guilty. English says he did it to save his client's life.

 

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