|Docket No.||Op. Below||Argument||Opinion||Vote||Author||Term|
|16-8255||La.||Jan 17, 2018||May 14, 2018||6-3||Ginsburg||OT 2017|
Holding: The Sixth Amendment guarantees a defendant the right to choose the objective of his defense and to insist that his counsel refrain from admitting guilt, even when counsel’s experienced-based view is that confessing guilt offers the defendant the best chance to avoid the death penalty.
Judgment: Reversed and remanded, 6-3, in an opinion by Justice Ginsburg on May 14, 2018. Justice Alito filed a dissenting opinion, in which Justices Thomas and Gorsuch joined.
|Date||Proceedings and Orders |
|Mar 06 2017||Petition for a writ of certiorari and motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis filed. (Response due April 10, 2017)|
|Mar 24 2017||Brief of respondent Louisiana in opposition filed.|
|Apr 10 2017||Brief amicus curiae of The Ethics Bureau at Yale filed.|
|Apr 10 2017||Brief amici curiae of The Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, et al. filed.|
|Apr 11 2017||Reply of petitioner Robert Leroy McCoy filed. (Distributed)|
|Apr 13 2017||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of April 28, 2017.|
|Apr 24 2017||Record Requested.|
|Jun 12 2017||Record received from the Supreme Court of Louisiana (6 boxes).|
|Jun 15 2017||DISTRIBUTED for Conference of September 25, 2017.|
|Sep 28 2017||Motion to proceed in forma pauperis and petition for a writ of certiorari GRANTED limited to Question 1 presented by the petition.|
|Nov 13 2017||Brief of petitioner Robert L.McCoy filed (to be corrected and reprinted).|
|Nov 13 2017||Joint appendix filed (2 volumes). (Statement of costs filed)|
|Nov 13 2017||Brief of petitioner Robert L. McCoy filed (Corrected brief received 1/10/18). (Distributed)|
|Nov 17 2017||SET FOR ARGUMENT ON Wednesday, January 17, 2018|
|Nov 17 2017||Brief amicus curiae of Cato Institute filed.|
|Nov 20 2017||Brief amicus curiae of The National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers filed.|
|Nov 20 2017||Brief amici curiae of Ten Law School Professors and the Ethics Bureau at Yale filed. (Distributed)|
|Nov 20 2017||Brief amicus curiae of The Criminal Bar Association of England & Wales filed. (Distributed)|
|Nov 20 2017||Brief amicus curiae of American Bar Association filed. (Distributed)|
|Nov 22 2017||CIRCULATED.|
|Dec 13 2017||Brief of respondent Louisiana filed. (Distributed)|
|Dec 18 2017||Record requested from the Supreme Court of Louisiana.|
|Dec 20 2017||Brief amici curiae of States of Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Montana, Nevada, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wyoming filed. (Distributed)|
|Jan 05 2018||Reply of petitioner Robert L.McCoy filed. (Distributed)|
|Jan 17 2018||Argued. For petitioner: Seth P. Waxman, Washington, D. C. For respondent: Elizabeth Murrill, Solicitor General of Louisiana, Baton Rouge, La.|
|May 14 2018||Judgment REVERSED and case REMANDED. Ginsburg, J., delivered the opinion of the Court, in which Roberts, C. J., and Kennedy, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan, JJ., joined. Alito, J., filed a dissenting opinion, in which Thomas and Gorsuch, JJ., joined.|
|Jun 15 2018||JUDGMENT ISSUED.|
|Jun 15 2018||MANDATE ISSUED.|
|Jun 20 2018||Record returned to the Supreme Court of Louisiana (6 boxes).|
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