No. 12-15631.

735 F.3d 1093 (2013)

Pedro Imperial VEGA, Petitioner-Appellant, v. Charles L. RYAN; Carson McWilliams, Respondents-Appellees.

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.

Filed November 13, 2013.

Attorney(s) appearing for the Case

Patricia A. Taylor (argued), Law Office of Patricia A. Taylor, Tucson, AZ, for Petitioner-Appellant.

Thomas C. Horne , Attorney General, Kent Cattani , Division Chief Counsel, Joseph T. Maziarz , Section Chief Counsel, David A. Sullivan and Nicholas Klingerman (argued), Assistant Attorneys General, Tucson, AZ, for Respondents-Appellees.

Before: MARY M. SCHROEDER and JAY S. BYBEE, Circuit Judges, and RALPH R. BEISTLINE, Chief District Judge.


BEISTLINE, Chief District Judge:

Petitioner, Pedro Imperial Vega, stands convicted of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, child molestation, and three counts of sexual abuse of his stepdaughter, based on events that occurred between 1996 and 1999. The Arizona state courts rejected Petitioner's direct and collateral challenges to his conviction. Petitioner then filed a federal habeas petition under 28 U.S.C. § 2254, arguing that he had...

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