ROGELIO HERNANDEZ, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. CHIPOTLE MEXICAN GRILL, INC., Defendant and Respondent.
ASSESSOR FOR COUNTY OF SANTA BARBARA, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. ASSESSMENT APPEALS BOARD NO. 1, Defendant and Respondent;
JOSEPH VILLARI, Plaintiff and Appellant, v. ANGELO R. MOZILO et al., Defendants and Respondents. IN RE: CORNELIUS HUDSON RELATOR
B2160042d Civil No. B229656B231432NO. 02–12–00315–CV
-- August 30, 2012
COURT OF APPEALS
SECOND DISTRICT OF TEXAS
Relator Cornelius Hudson seeks mandamus relief from the trial court's July 25, 2012 contempt judgment, which ordered that Hudson be confined in the Tarrant County jail for sixty days if he did not appear for a deposition on August 6, 2012. Hudson contends in one issue that he requested appointed counsel before the contempt hearing but that the respondent trial judge failed to appoint an attorney to represent him. Real Parties In Interest Major Joe E. Bryant and Shirley Bryant concede that if Hudson is indigent, he had the right to appointed counsel at the contempt hearing. See Ex parte Gonzales, 945 S.W.2d 830, 835–37 (Tex.Crim.App.1997); see also Ex parte Goodman, 742 S.W.2d 536, 541 (Tex.App.—Fort Worth 1987, no writ) (requiring court to advise alleged criminal contemnor of right to counsel and right to appointment of counsel if indigent and holding that order issued in violation of right to counsel is void). The parties do not dispute that the trial court did not conduct an indigency hearing before proceeding with the contempt hearing, even though Hudson filed a written request for counsel before the hearing. Thus, the July 25, 2012 contempt judgment is void, and we grant Hudson's petition for writ of mandamus. We also lift our stay dated August 2, 2012.
PANEL: DAUPHINOT, GARDNER, and MCCOY, JJ.
DELIVERED: August 30, 2012
1. FN1. See Tex.R.App. P. 47.1, 52.8(d).
ANNE GARDNER JUSTICE