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Name: Mickens v. Taylor
Case #: 00-9285
Court: US Supreme Court
District USSup
Citation: 535 U.S. 162

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.

Opinion Date: 03/27/2002