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Name: United States v. Thomas
Case #: 03-56750
Court: US Court of Appeals
District 9 Cir
Opinion Date: 08/03/2005
Summary

Defense counsel’s concession of a defendant’s guilt without defendant’s consent is not presumptively prejudicial. Prejudice must be proved under Strickland v. Washington (1984) 466 U.S. 668, rather than presumed under United States v. Cronic (1984) 466 U.S. 648, where counsel’s concession was part of a trial strategy to make his challenge to other charges more credible.