From our private database of 33,600+ case briefs...
People v. McCoy
California Supreme Court
25 Cal. 4th 1111, 108 Cal. Rptr. 2d 188, 24 P.3d 1210 (2001)
Ejaan Dupree McCoy and Derrick Lakey (defendants) were tried in the same first-degree murder trial. McCoy and Lakey were involved in a drive-by shooting, in which McCoy was the shooter. McCoy claimed he shot the victim in self-defense. The jury rejected the defense and found both McCoy and Lakey guilty of first-degree murder. Upon review the Court of Appeal stated that if the jury were properly instructed on the issue of imperfect self-defense, the jury would only have found McCoy guilty of voluntary manslaughter. The Court of Appeal therefore reversed McCoy’s conviction. It also reversed Lakey’s conviction, reasoning that Lakey, as an aider and abettor, could not be convicted of a more serious offense than McCoy.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Chin, J.)
What to do next…
Unlock this case brief with a free (no-commitment) trial membership of Quimbee.
You’ll be in good company: Quimbee is one of the most widely used and trusted sites for law students, serving more than 602,000 law students since 2011. Some law schools—such as Yale, Berkeley, and Northwestern—even subscribe directly to Quimbee for all their law students.Unlock this case briefRead our student testimonials
Learn more about Quimbee’s unique (and proven) approach to achieving great grades at law school.
Quimbee is a company hell-bent on one thing: helping you get an “A” in every course you take in law school, so you can graduate at the top of your class and get a high-paying law job. We’re not just a study aid for law students; we’re the study aid for law students.Learn about our approachRead more about Quimbee
Here's why 602,000 law students have relied on our case briefs:
- Written by law professors and practitioners, not other law students. 33,600 briefs, keyed to 984 casebooks. Top-notch customer support.
- The right amount of information, includes the facts, issues, rule of law, holding and reasoning, and any concurrences and dissents.
- Access in your classes, works on your mobile and tablet. Massive library of related video lessons and high quality multiple-choice questions.
- Easy to use, uniform format for every case brief. Written in plain English, not in legalese. Our briefs summarize and simplify; they don’t just repeat the court’s language.