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Name: Mickens v. Taylor
Case #: 00-9285
Court: US Supreme Court
District USSup
Opinion Date: 03/27/2002
Subsequent History: Cross-cites: 122 S.Ct. 1237; 152 L.Ed.2d 291
Summary

In order to demonstrate a Sixth Amendment violation where the trial court fails to inquire into a potential conflict of interest about which it knew or reasonably should have known, a defendant must show that a conflict of interest adversely affected his counsel’s performance. Defendant did not demonstrate that counsel’s brief representation of the victim at the time of his murder actually adversely affected his performance.