SCOTUS: Man Accused of Murder Can Insist His Lawyer Refrain from Conceding Guilt

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that a man accused of murder has the right under the Sixth Amendment to insist his lawyer refrain from conceding his guilt at trial, the ABA Journal reports. The court’s majority opinion was authored by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. “With individual liberty — and, in capital cases, life — at stake, it is the defendant’s prerogative, not counsel’s, to decide on the objective of his defense: to admit guilt in the hope of gaining mercy at the sentencing stage, or to maintain his innocence, leaving it to the state to prove his guilt beyond a reasonable doubt,” Ginsburg wrote.
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