593 F2d 21 Stokes v. W J Estelle

593 F.2d 21

Lawrence John STOKES, Petitioner-Appellant,
W. J. ESTELLE, Jr., Director, Texas Department of
Corrections, Respondent- Appellee.

No. 78-1320

Summary Calendar.*
United States Court of Appeals,
Fifth Circuit.

April 11, 1979.
Rehearing Denied May 31, 1979.

Richard E. Wetzel, Staff Counsel for Inmates, Texas Dept. of Cor., Rosharon, Tex., for petitioner-appellant.

Mark White, Atty. Gen., John W. Fainter, Jr., First Asst. Atty. Gen., Renea Hicks, Ted L. Hartley, Gilbert Pena, Asst. Attys. Gen., Austin, Tex., for respondent-appellee.

Appeal from the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Before AINSWORTH, GODBOLD and VANCE, Circuit Judges.


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Habeas petition by a Texas state prisoner. The respondent was not served with a summons or a show cause order and was unaware of the case until served with appellant's brief on appeal.


The Magistrate, relying on state court records and an ex parte personal investigation of non-record matters, recommended denial of the petition, and the district judge adopted the recommendation. Neither the statutes nor the rules permit habeas cases to be handled in this manner. See: Rule 4, 28 foll. § 2254; Scott v. Estelle, 567 F.2d 632 (CA5, 1978); Jackson v. Estelle, 570 F.2d 546 (CA5, 1978).




Rule 18, 5 Cir.; See Isbell Enterprises, Inc. v. Citizens Casualty Co. of New York et al., 5 Cir., 1970, 431 F.2d 409, Part I