Booth v. Kelley (Per Curiam)Annotate this Case
After a jury trial, Appellant was found guilty of arson. Appellant was sentenced as a habitual offender to 144 months’ imprisonment. The court of appeals affirmed. Appellant later filed a pro se petition for writ of habeas corpus, arguing that the trial court lacked jurisdiction in his case and that the judgment was invalid on its face because the judgment-and-commitment order was signed by a different judge than the judge who presided over his trial and did not appear in the official record for the case. The Supreme Court affirmed, holding that neither Ark. Code Ann. 16-10-101(b)(1) nor Arkansas Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 16(1) invalidated the judgment-and-commitment order and deprived the trial court of jurisdiction under the circumstances of this case.