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Real-party-in-Interest Johnny Morales was sentenced to the death penalty. He requested that the trial court enter an order requiring multiple public agencies to "preserve" 22 categories of documents and other materials he alleged pertained in some way to the proceedings upon which he received his sentence. The State petitioned the Court of Appeal for a writ of mandate, arguing that the trial court had no jurisdiction to make such an order absent any pending proceeding. The Court of Appeal agreed that the trial court's order was made in order, and granted the State's petition for relief.