EX PARTE Thomas E. THAMES
Original Proceeding 1
Karen Angelini, Justice
Sandee Bryan Marion, Justice
Marialyn Barnard, Justice
Delivered and Filed: February 22, 2012
PETITION FOR WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS DISMISSED FOR LACK OF JURISDICTION
On February 7, 2012, relator Thomas E. Thames filed an original petition for writ of
habeas corpus in this court, and on February 14, 2012 relator filed what we construe as a
supplement to his petition. However, as an intermediate court of appeals this court is not
authorized to grant the relief requested. Pursuant to section 22.221(d) of the Texas Government
Code, in civil matters, a court of appeals “may issue a writ of habeas corpus when it appears that
the restraint of liberty is by virtue of an order, process, or commitment issued by a court or judge
because of the violation of an order, judgment, or decree previously made, rendered, or entered
by the court or judge in a civil case.” TEX. GOV’T CODE ANN. § 22.221(d) (West 2004).
However, in criminal matters, a court of appeals has no original habeas corpus jurisdiction.
This proceeding arises out of Cause No. 2009-CR-4181, styled State of Texas v. Thomas E. Thames, pending in the
437th Judicial District Court, Bexar County, Texas, the Honorable Lori I. Valenzuela presiding.
Watson v. State, 96 S.W.3d 497, 500 (Tex. App.—Amarillo 2002, pet. ref’d); Dodson v. State,
988 S.W.2d 833, 835 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 1999, no pet.). In criminal matters, the courts
authorized to issue writs of habeas corpus are the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, the district
courts, and the county courts. See TEX. CODE CRIM. PROC. ANN. art. 11.05 (West 2005).
Therefore, we dismiss this petition for writ of habeas corpus for lack of jurisdiction.
DO NOT PUBLISH