Ramirez v. Stephens
ORDER. To determine whether the circumstances require the substitution of counsel, the Court ORDERS Mr. Kretzer to file a response to his client's documents with ten (10) days from the entry of this Order. Mr. Kretzer may file his response ex parte and under seal, if necessary. (Signed by Judge Nelva Gonzales Ramos) Parties notified.(mserpa, 2)
United States District Court
Southern District of Texas
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
SOUTHERN DISTRICT OF TEXAS
CORPUS CHRISTI DIVISION
JOHN H RAMIREZ,
WILLIAM STEPHENS, et al,
May 11, 2017
David J. Bradley, Clerk
§ CIVIL ACTION NO. 2:12-CV-410
On April 17, 2017, this Court appointed attorney Seth Kretzer to represent John H.
Ramirez, an inmate on Texas’s death row. (D.E. 57).
Mr. Ramirez has filed two
documents manifesting his desire to have Mr. Kretzer withdraw from representation.
(D.E. 58, 59). Federal law entitles indigent capital petitioners to the appointment of
counsel, but an inmate has no right to the service of an appointed attorney of his choice.
See United States v. Gonzalez-Lopez, 548 U.S. 140, 151 (2006). A court may only
substitute counsel for capital inmates when in the “interests of justice.” Martel v. Clair,
565 U.S. 648, 659-60 (2012). To determine whether the circumstances require the
substitution of counsel, the Court ORDERS Mr. Kretzer to file a response to his client’s
documents with ten (10) days from the entry of this Order. Mr. Kretzer may file his
response ex parte and under seal, if necessary.
ORDERED this 11th day of May, 2017.
NELVA GONZALES RAMOS
UNITED STATES DISTRICT JUDGE
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