EX PARTE HOBART OLIVER BOLDING, JR. (Other)
IN THE COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS
EX PARTE HOBART OLIVER BOLDING, JR., Applicant
ON APPLICATION FOR A WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS
CAUSE NO. 11,171-A IN THE 21ST DISTRICT COURT
FROM BASTROP COUNTY
O R D E R
Pursuant to the provisions of Article 11.07 of the Texas Code of Criminal Procedure, the clerk of the trial court transmitted to this Court this application for writ of habeas corpus. Ex parte Young, 418 S.W.2d 824, 826 (Tex. Crim. App. 1967). Applicant was convicted of retaliation and sentenced to five (5) years' imprisonment. He did not appeal his conviction.
Applicant contends that his trial counsel rendered ineffective assistance because counsel advised him that his projected release date would remain the same when he pleaded guilty to this offense. Specifically, he alleges that he was confined on a five-year sentence for aggravated robbery when he committed this offense and was supposed to be released on April 8, 2008. He alleges that his projected release date changed from April 8, 2008, to May 23, 2009, when he pleaded guilty in this case. He alleges that counsel's advise that the projected release date would remain the same was objectively deficient and that he would not have pleaded guilty, but for counsel's deficient advise.
Applicant has alleged facts that, if true, might entitle him to relief. Strickland v. Washington, 466 U.S. 608 (1984); Ex parte Morrow, 952 S.W.2d 530 (Tex. Crim. App. 1997). In these circumstances, additional facts are needed. As we held in Ex parte Rodriguez, 334 S.W.2d 294, 294 (Tex. Crim. App. 1960), the trial court is the appropriate forum for findings of fact. The trial court shall provide Applicant's trial counsel with the opportunity to respond to Applicant's claim of ineffective assistance of counsel in that it shall order counsel to file an affidavit addressing whether counsel advised Applicant that the projected release date would remain the same when Applicant pleaded guilty in this case. The affidavit shall address whether counsel advised Applicant that he would not have to serve any more time because this sentence would be ordered to run concurrently with a five-year sentence for aggravated robbery that Applicant was already serving. The trial court may use any means set out in Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 11.07, § 3(d). In the appropriate case, the trial court may rely on its personal recollection. Id.
If the trial court elects to hold a hearing, it shall determine whether Applicant is indigent. If Applicant is indigent and wishes to be represented by counsel, the trial court shall appoint an attorney to represent Applicant at the hearing. Tex. Code Crim. Proc. art. 26.04.
The trial court shall make findings of fact as to whether the performance of Applicant's trial attorney was deficient and, if so, whether counsel's deficient performance prejudiced Applicant. Specifically, the trial court shall make findings of fact as to whether counsel advised Applicant that the projected release date would remain the same when Applicant pleaded guilty to this offense. The trial court shall also make any other findings of fact and conclusions of law that it deems relevant and appropriate to the disposition of Applicant's claim for habeas corpus relief.
This application will be held in abeyance until the trial court has resolved the fact issues. The issues shall be resolved within 90 days of this order. If any continuances are granted, a copy of the order granting the continuance shall be sent to this Court. A supplemental transcript containing all affidavits and interrogatories or the transcription of the court reporter's notes from any hearing or deposition, along with the trial court's supplemental findings of fact and conclusions of law, shall be returned to this Court within 120 days of the date of this order. Any extensions of time shall be obtained from this Court.
Filed: June 11, 2008
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