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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:The defendant was convicted of witness tampering and retaliation, and placed on five years community supervision (probation) for each count in 1996. The state moved to revoke in each case on Dec. 8, 1998. Four days earlier, before the motions were file-marked by the clerk, the trial court issued a warrant in each case for the defendant’s arrest. The defendant was arrested on May 21, 2001, 29 months after the warrants issued, and two months before the expiration of her community supervision period. Four weeks after her supervision period ended, on Aug. 15, the defendant filed a motion to dismiss the revocation proceedings on the ground that the state failed to exercise due diligence in arresting her. The trial court revoked the defendant’s community supervision on Aug. 30, and she was sentenced to five year on the retaliation count, and one year on the witness tampering count. On appeal, the defendant again argued the state failed to exercise due diligence in apprehending her, and the court of appeals agreed. The state petitioned for discretionary review. HOLDING:Reversed. The court notes that Peacock v. State, 77 S.W.3d 285 (Tex.Crim.App. 2002), upheld a due diligence defense, even in the absence of explicit statutory authority, because there was not express statutory authority for continuing jurisdiction of a trial court in a probation revocation, either. Peacock arose in the context of the court continuing its jurisdiction after the community supervision ended. In this case, the defendant was apprehended within the community supervision period. “While the revocation statute is silent about how to deal with someone who is arrested outside the community supervision period, the revocation statute plainly authorizes an arrest”at any time’ within the period of supervision.” Consequently, the court holds that there is no due diligence requirement when a defendant is arrested within the community supervision period. OPINION:Keller, P.J.; Price, Womack, Keasler, Hervey, Holcomb and Cochran, JJ., join. Johnson, J., concurred. Meyers, J., did not participate.

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