UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE NINTH CIRCUIT
May 15, 2012
SAMUEL VILLEGAS LOPEZ, PLAINTIFF - APPELLANT,
JANICE K BREWER, GOVERNOR OF ARIZONA; CHARLES L. RYAN, DIRECTOR, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS; RON CREDIO, WARDEN, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - EYMAN; LANCE R. HETMER, NAMED AS: LANCE HETMER/WARDEN, ARIZONA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS - FLORENCE; UNKOWN PARTIES, NAMED AS: IV TEAM LEADER; IV TEAM MEMBERS 1-5; SPECIAL OPERATIONS TEAM LEADER; SPECIAL OPERATIONS TEAM RECORDER; SPECIAL OPERATIONS TEAM MEMBERS 1-5; AND DOES 1-25, DEFENDANTS - APPELLEES.
D.C. No. 2:12-cv-00245-NVW District of Arizona, Phoenix
MOLLY C. DWYER, CLERK
U.S. COURT OF APPEALS
Before: THOMAS, Circuit Judge and Capital Case Coordinator.
A panel of this Court issued an opinion affirming the district court's denial of petitioner's motion for a preliminary injunction and denying his motion for a stay of execution. Petitioner filed a petition for rehearing and rehearing en banc. The Warden elected not to file an optional response.
Pursuant to the rules applicable to capital cases when an execution date has been scheduled, a deadline was established by which any judge could request a vote on whether the panel's opinion should be reheard en banc. A judge timely requested a vote on the petition for rehearing en banc. A majority of the judges eligible to vote did not vote in favor of rehearing en banc. Judges Ikuta, Murguia, and Nguyen were recused.
Therefore, the Petition for Rehearing En Banc is DENIED. En banc proceedings with respect to the panel opinion are concluded. The panel will issue *fn1 a separate order as to the petition for panel rehearing.