IN RE: Flanzo Lafonte Townes

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Court of Appeals of Texas, San Antonio.

IN RE: Flanzo Lafonte Townes

No. 04–14–00798–CR

Decided: November 26, 2014

Sitting: Catherine Stone, Chief Justice, Sandee Bryan Marion, Justice, Patricia O. Alvarez, Justice


Relator Flanzo LaFonte Townes filed this pro se petition for writ of mandamus on November 17, 2014, complaining of the trial court's failure to rule upon various motions filed in the underlying criminal proceeding.   Relator has been appointed counsel to represent him in connection with his 2010 criminal conviction.   We conclude that any original proceeding on the issue raised in relator's mandamus petition should be presented by relator's appointed counsel. Relator is not entitled to hybrid representation.   See Patrick v. State, 906 S.W.2d 481, 498 (Tex. Crim.App.1995).   The absence of a right to hybrid representation means relator's pro se mandamus petition will be treated as presenting nothing for this court's review.   See id.;   see also Gray v. Shipley, 877 S.W.2d 806, 806 (Tex. App–Houston [1st Dist.] 1994, orig. proceeding).   Accordingly, relator's petition for writ of mandamus is denied.   See TEX. R.App. P. 52.8(a).


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