John Alton Smith, Petitioner-appellant, v. W. J. Estelle, Jr., Director, Texas Department Ofcorrections, Respondent-appellee, 498 F.2d 631 (5th Cir. 1974)Annotate this Case
431 F.2d 409, PartI.
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit.
Aug. 2, 1974, Rehearing and Rehearing En Banc Denied Oct. 16, 1974.
Donald L. Kraemer, Staff Counsel, Huntsville, Tex., for petitioner-appellant.
John L. Hill, Atty. Gen., Sarah Shirley, Asst. Atty. Gen., Austin, Tex., for respondent-appellee.
Before BROWN, Chief Judge, and THORNBERRY and AINSWORTH, Circuit judges.
Appellant was tried and convicted in Texas state court for assault with intent to murder. He seeks federal habeas corpus relief on the grounds he was tried in prison garb, rather than in civilian clothing, which we have granted on a number of occasions. Hernandez v. Beto, 5 Cir., 1971, 443 F.2d 634, Brooks v. State of Texas, 5 Cir., 1967, 381 F.2d 619, accord, Gaito v. Brierley, 3 Cir., 1973, 485 F.2d 86.
However, an examination of the evidentiary record in this case reflects beyond a reasonable doubt appellant's guilt. We therefore hold the infraction to be harmless error. Thomas v. Beto, 5 Cir., 1973, 474 F.2d 981.