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MARTINEZ v. RYAN

Docket No.: 10-1001
Certiorari Granted: 06/06/11
Argued: October 4, 2011
Decided: 03/20/12

Topics:

Death Penalty, EPA, Fourteenth Amendment, Fourth Amendment, Sixth Amendment, habeas, habeas corpus, ineffective assistance of counsel, stare decisis

PartyNames: Luis Mariano Martinez v. Charles L. Ryan, Director, Arizona Department of Corrections
Petitioner: Luis Mariano Martinez
Respondent: Charles L. Ryan, Director, Arizona Department of Corrections

Court Below: United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
Citation: 623 F.3d 731
Supreme Court Docket

Luis Mariano Martinez
v.
Charles L. Ryan, Director, Arizona Department of Corrections
Question Presented:

Whether a defendant in a state criminal case who is prohibited by state law from raising on direct appeal any claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel, but who has a state-law right to raise such a claim in a first post-conviction proceeding, has a federal constitutional right to effective assistance of first postconviction counsel specifically with respect to his ineffective-assistance-of-trial-counsel claim.

Question:

May a defendant in a state criminal case who is prohibited by state law from raising on direct appeal any claim of ineffective assistance of trial counsel, but who has a state-law right to raise such a claim in a first post-conviction proceeding, establish cause for a procedural default of a claim of ineffective assistance at trial by showing ineffective assistance at the initial-review collateral proceeding?

MARTINEZ v. RYAN
ORAL ARGUMENT

10/04/11

Listen to Oral Argument in MARTINEZ v. RYAN
Holding: REVERSED AND REMANDED
Vote: 7-2
Majority: Kennedy,Roberts,Ginsburg,Breyer,Alito,Sotomayor,Kagan
Dissenting: Scalia, Thomas
Opinion By:

MARTINEZ v. RYAN
Case Documents

1MARTINEZ v. RYAN Oral Argument Transcript (PDF)
2MARTINEZ v. RYAN Oral Argument Audio
3MARTINEZ v. RYAN Oral Argument Transcript (HTML)
4MARTINEZ v. RYAN Oral Argument Audio (October 04, 2011)
5Opinion in MARTINEZ v. RYAN
Additional documents for this case are pending review.