In 2011, a man named Robert McCoy was tried for a triple homicide in Louisiana.

McCoy’s attorney, Larry English, ignored his client’s assertion of innocence in an effort to avoid the death penalty, admitting to one of the elements of the crime. McCoy claims that this strategy has violated his constitutional right to counsel.

But what does the “right to counsel” in the Sixth Amendment mean? Zoë Root, a Senior Policy Advisor at American University, explores the issues in McCoy v. Louisiana.

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