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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:
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