Ruben Simei Ornales, Appellant v. The State of Texas, Appellee
M E M O R A N D U M O P I N I O N
On June 7, 2010, appellant's appointed counsel on appeal, Tommy Adams, filed a motion to withdraw supported by a brief concluding that the appeal is frivolous and without merit. See Anders v. California, 386 U.S. 738, 744 (1967); see also High v. State, 573 S.W.2d 807 (Tex.Crim.App.1978); Gainous v. State, 436 S.W.2d 137 (Tex.Crim.App.1969). On September 8, after concluding that counsel's brief did not meet the standards required for frivolous appeal briefs, the Court ordered counsel to tender a substitute brief complying with Anders, Gainous, and High on or before October 8, 2010. Counsel did not file a new brief as ordered.
The appeal is abated. The trial court shall conduct a hearing to determine whether the attorney it appointed to represent appellant has abandoned the appeal. Tex.R.App. P. 38.8(b)(2). The court shall make appropriate findings, recommendations, and orders. If necessary, the court shall appoint substitute counsel who will effectively represent appellant in this cause. A record from this hearing, including copies of all findings and orders and a transcription of the court reporter's notes, shall be forwarded to the Clerk of this Court for filing as a supplemental record no later than December 3, 2010. Rule 38.8(b)(3).