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Mark Brian Morris, Appellant v. the State of Texas

April 18, 2013

MARK BRIAN MORRIS, APPELLANT
v.
THE STATE OF TEXAS, APPELLEE



On Appeal from the 209th District Court Harris County, Texas Trial Court Cause No. 1356410

Per curiam.

In The Fourteenth Court of Appeals

ORDER

Appellant is not represented by counsel on appeal. The reporter's record was due April 2, 2013, but none has been filed. The court reporter for the 209th District Court has informed this court that appellant has not made payment arrangements for the record. This court is unaware whether appellant is entitled to appointment of counsel and to proceed without the payment of costs. Accordingly, we enter the following order.

We ORDER the judge of the 209th District Court to immediately conduct a hearing at which appellant and counsel for the State shall be present to determine whether appellant desires to prosecute his appeal, and, if so, whether appellant is indigent and, thus entitled to appointed counsel and a free record. The judge shall appoint appellate counsel for appellant, if necessary. The judge shall see that a record of the hearing is made, shall make findings of fact and conclusions of law, and shall order the trial clerk to forward a record of the hearing and a supplemental clerk=s record containing the findings and conclusions. Those records shall be filed with the clerk of this court on or before May 16, 2013.

The appeal is abated, treated as a closed case, and removed from this Court's active docket. The appeal will be reinstated on this Court's active docket when the trial court's findings and recommendations are filed in this Court. The Court will also consider an appropriate motion to reinstate the appeal filed by either party, or the Court may reinstate the appeal on its own motion. It is the responsibility of any party seeking reinstatement to request a hearing date from the trial court and to schedule a hearing in compliance with this Court's order. If the parties do not request a hearing, the court coordinator of the trial court shall set a hearing date and notify the parties of such date.

It is so ORDERED.

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