.@ABAesq: Disbar R. David Favata.
McCoy represented himself at trial and subsequently in his appeal. He sought a reversal of his conviction and death sentence based upon the court’s failure to permit one of his peremptory challenges during jury selection and state prosecutor R. David Favata’s misconduct in vouching for a witness and behaving unprofessionally throughout the trial.
The Delaware Supreme Court found that the trial court “committed reversible error when it improperly denied McCoy’s right to exercise a peremptory challenge to strike a potential juror,” whose wife had worked at a detention facility where the defendant was an inmate.
“In addition, reversible error occurred when the prosecutor improperly vouched for the credibility of a key witness for the State. We also address the pervasive unprofessional conduct…
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