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McCoy v. Louisiana (2018)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: Newsmagazine

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-05-25

Duration: 00:05:46

Subjects: United States. Supreme Court | United States. Constitution | Law


  • Moreau, Andre Host
  • Spires, Kelly Producer
  • Woods, Virnado Photographer
  • Jones, Russell Interviewee


This segment from the May 25, 2018, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Kelly Spires’ report on the United States Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in favor of Robert McCoy in McCoy v. Louisiana. Spires reports that the ruling overturned McCoy’s death sentence and granted him a new trial. She interviews Russell Jones, a law professor at Southern University, who discusses: the importance of the case in dealing with the 6th amendment to the United States Constitution; the details of McCoy’s criminal trial and his attorney’s decision to concede his guilt against his wishes; and the defendant’s rights under the 6th amendment. Host: Andre Moreau