Bobby Joe Jones v. State of Arkansas

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Bobby Joe JONES v. STATE of Arkansas

CR 98-924 ___ S.W.2d ___

Supreme Court of Arkansas

Opinion delivered October 22, 1998

Appeal & error -- motion for belated appeal -- good cause for

granting. -- An admission by an attorney for a criminal defendant that the notice of appeal was not timely filed due to a mistake on his or her part is good cause to grant a motion for belated appeal.

Motion for Belated Appeal; granted.

Marsha Basinger, for appellant.

No response.

Per Curiam.

Appellant Bobby Joe Jones filed a motion for belated appeal from the order denying his motion for postconviction relief pursuant to A.R.Cr.P. Rule 37. We previously denied the motion because Appellant's attorney, Marsha Basinger, did not admit fault in failing to timely file the notice appeal. See Jones v. State, 334 Ark. 236, 973 S.W.2d 483 (1998) (per curiam). We indicated, however, that we would grant the motion if Appellant's attorney filed within thirty days a motion and affidavit accepting full responsibility for not timely filing the notice of appeal. Appellant's attorney has assumed full responsibility for the error in an amended motion filed October 5, 1998.

We find that such error, admittedly made by the attorney for a criminal defendant, is good cause to grant the motion. See Johnson v. State, 332 Ark. 78, 959 S.W.2d 54 (1998) (per curiam); In Re: Belated Appeals in Criminal Cases, 265 Ark. 964 (1979) (per curiam). A copy of this per curiam will be forwarded to the Committee on Professional Conduct. See Harkness v. State, 264 Ark. 561, 572 S.W.2d 835 (1978).