Rashaad H. Al-Muhammad, aka Robert L. Helm v. Richard Harvey--Appeal from 52nd District Court of Coryell CountyAnnotate this Case
TENTH COURT OF APPEALS
RASHAAD H. AL-MUHAMMAD,
AKA ROBERT L. HELM,
From the 52nd District Court
Coryell County, Texas
Trial Court # 28,181
Rashaad Al-Muhammad, an inmate, appealed from the court's dismissal of his in forma pauperis petition. Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code Ann. 13.001 (Vernon Supp. 1997). Al-Muhammad filed a notice of appeal on October 14, 1996, and the transcript was filed in this court on October 23. Although his brief was due on November 22, no appellant's brief has been filed. Tex. R. App. P. 74(k). Appellate Rule 74(l)(1) provides:
Civil Cases. In civil cases, when the appellant has failed to file his brief in the time prescribed, the appellate court may dismiss the appeal for want of prosecution, unless reasonable explanation is shown for such failure and that appellee has not suffered material injury thereby. The court may, however, decline to dismiss the appeal, whereupon it shall give such direction to the cause as it may deem proper.
More than twenty days have passed since Al-Muhammad's brief was due. We notified him of this defect by letter on November 27. Id. 60(a)(2), 83. He has not responded to our letter showing grounds for continuing the appeal, nor has he provided a reasonable explanation for failing to file a brief. Id. 60(a)(2), 74(l)(1). Therefore, this appeal is dismissed for want of prosecution. Id. 74(l)(1).
Before Chief Justice Davis,
Justice Cummings, and
Dismissed for want of prosecution
Opinion delivered and filed December 31, 1996
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