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January 23, 2018

"Can a lawyer admit the guilt of a client who claims to be innocent?" 

 

ROBERT MCCOY had a plan. Facing murder charges in the deaths of his estranged wife’s mother, stepfather and teenaged son in Louisiana, Mr McCoy claimed he was out of town in Houston, Texas when the three were slain. All the evidence of Mr McCoy’s guilt—a Walmart receipt for bullets; the murder weapon; a 911 call from one of the victims pleading with “Robert”; a white Kia getaway car—had been planted by vindictive police officers, the story went. The police were out for revenge, Mr McCoy explained, because he had accused some members of the department of trafficking drugs. 

 

 

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