Ramiro Ibarra v. William Stephens, Director, No. 11-70031 (5th Cir. 2013)Annotate this Case
This opinion or order relates to an opinion or order originally issued on July 6, 2012.
Case: 11-70031 Document: 00512313024 Page: 1 Date Filed: 07/17/2013 IN THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS United States Court of Appeals FOR THE FIFTH CIRCUIT Fifth Circuit _____________________ No. 11-70031 _____________________ FILED July 17, 2013 Lyle W. Cayce Clerk RAMIRO RUBI IBARRA, Petitioner - Appellant v. WILLIAM STEPHENS, DIRECTOR, TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS DIVISION, Respondent - Appellee __________________________ Appeal from the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas __________________________ Before JONES, HAYNES, and GRAVES, Circuit Judges. ORDER Treating the Appellant s motion for en banc rehearing as a motion for panel rehearing, and given the Supreme Court s recent decision in Trevino v. Thaler,133 S. Ct. 1911 (2013), the court GRANTS the motion for rehearing in part.1 We hereby VACATE our prior panel decision only to the extent inconsistent with Trevino and grant a COA only to that extent; in all other respects, the majority and dissenting opinions remain in effect. In light of this new authority, we VACATE the district court s order to the extent inconsistent with Trevino and REMAND to the district court for proceedings consistent herewith. 1 The effect of this ruling is to moot the Petition for Rehearing En Banc. Case: 11-70031 Document: 00512313024 Page: 2 Date Filed: 07/17/2013 No. 11-70031 GRAVES, Circuit Judge, concurring in part and dissenting in part: I agree that the Supreme Court s recent decision in Trevino v. Thaler, 133 S.Ct. 1191 (2013), requires us to vacate our prior decision, grant Ibarra s certificate of appealability (COA), and remand to the district court for the appropriate application of Martinez v. Ryan, 132 S.Ct. 1309 (2012).2 The trial court should, in the first instance, be allowed to apply Martinez in accordance with Trevino. See Cantu v. Thaler, 682 F.3d 1053 (5th Cir. 2012) However, I disagree with the majority s inclusion of the language that in all other respects, the majority and dissenting opinions remain in effect. The inclusion of this language is an unwarranted and unnecessary potential limiter on the consideration of Ibarra s claims of ineffective assistance of trial counsel with regard to issues on which the majority previously denied his COA. Ibarra is clearly not foreclosed from raising his ineffective assistance of counsel claims on these issues. Simply put, the trial court is free to determine whether or not evidence related to these issues is relevant to any claim of ineffective assistance of counsel, and is likewise free to determine if any ineffective assistance affects the merits of these issues or any procedural default. Id. Thus, I disagree with any language which may be construed to the contrary. 2 This is entirely consistent with my previous separate opinions in this case wherein I disagreed with the panel majority s rejection of the application of Martinez. See Ibarra v. Thaler, 687 F.3d 222 (2012) (Graves, J., concurring in part and dissenting in part), and Ibarra v. Thaler, 691 F.3d 677 (2012) (Graves, J., dissenting). 2