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In re M.R.M.

Court of Appeals of Texas, Seventh District, Amarillo

December 6, 2013

IN THE INTEREST OF M.R.M., A CHILD

On Appeal from the 110th District Court Briscoe County, Texas Trial Court No. 3372, Honorable Jack M. Graham, Presiding

Before QUINN, C.J., and HANCOCK and PIRTLE, JJ.

MEMORANDUM OPINION

MACKEY K. HANCOCK JUSTICE

Appellant, D.M., [1] appeals an order of the trial court terminating his parental rights to M.R.M., his eight-year-old daughter. D.M.'s appointed counsel has filed a brief in conformity with Anders v. California rendering his professional opinion that any issue that could be raised on appeal is frivolous and without legal merit. See 386 U.S. 738, 87 S.Ct. 1396, 18 L.Ed.2d 493 (1967). D.M.'s counsel avers that he has zealously reviewed the record in this matter and can find no arguable points of appeal. Counsel has filed a motion to withdraw and provided D.M. with a copy of the brief. Further, counsel has advised D.M. that he has the right to file a pro se response to the Anders brief. The Court has likewise advised D.M. of this right. D.M. has not favored the Court with a response.

This Court has long held that an appointed attorney in a termination case might discharge his professional duty to his client by filing a brief in conformity with the Anders process. See In re A.W.T., 61 S.W.3d 87, 88-89 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2001, no pet.). Likewise, other intermediate appellate courts have so held. See Sanchez v. Tex. Dep't of Family and Protective Servs., No. 03-10-00249-CV, 2011 Tex.App. LEXIS 2162, at *1, Tex. App.—Austin March 24, 2011, no pet.) (mem. op.); In re L.K.H, No. 11-10-00080-CV, 2011 Tex.App. LEXIS 1706, at *2-4, Tex. App—Eastland March 10, 2011, no pet.) (mem. op.); In re D.D., 279 S.W.3d 849, 849-50 (Tex. App.—Dallas 2009, pet. denied); In re D.E.S., 135 S.W.3d 326, 326-27 (Tex. App.—Houston [14th Dist.] 2004, no pet.).

We have conducted our own review of the record in this matter and have come to the conclusion that there are no arguable points of appeal. See In re A.W.T., 61 S.W.3d at 89. We, therefore, grant counsel's motion to withdraw. We remind counsel that D.M. has the right to file a pro se petition for review to the Texas Supreme Court. Finally, having found ...


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