An attorneys concession of guilt without his clients express consent is not ineffective assistance of counsel per se. In this capital proceeding, defense counsel was faced with overwhelming evidence, an admission of guilt, and an unresponsive defendant who refused to discuss trial strategy despite multiple attempts by counsel to do so. The defendant was disruptive at trial and absented himself from the majority of the proceedings. Counsel opted to concede the defendants guilt during the guilt phase and instead concentrate on persuading the jury to spare his life, but at trial he objected to the introduction of inflammatory evidence, cross-examined witnesses, and contested several jury instructions. The Florida Supreme Court reversed the conviction, holding that a defense attorneys concession that his client committed murder, made without the defendants express consent, automatically constituted prejudicial ineffective assistance of counsel. The United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed in an opinion by Justice Ginsberg, holding that the concession here was not tantamount to a guilty plea and should instead be evaluated under Strickland v. Washington (1984) 466 U.S. 668 to determine whether counsels conduct fell below an objective standard of reasonableness. Given the overwhelming evidence and the danger of losing credibility with the jury by mounting a fruitless defense in the guilt phase, counsels conduct was not objectively unreasonable.