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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:This is a memorandum opinion. Milton Louis Williams seeks a writ of mandamus compelling respondent, the Honorable Robert Stem, Judge of the 82nd District Court of Robertson County, to appoint counsel and to grant his motion for post-conviction DNA testing filed under Chapter 64 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. HOLDING:Denied. To prevail in a mandamus proceeding, the petitioner must establish that: 1. the act sought to be compelled is purely ministerial; and 2. he has no adequate remedy at law. State ex rel. Rosenthal v. Poe, 98 S.W.3d 194 (Tex. Crim. App. 2003) (orig. proceeding). Respondent has appointed counsel for petitioner. The Legislature has provided for an appeal from the denial of a motion for DNA testing. Texas Code of Criminal Procedure Article 64.05. However, the pendency of this original proceeding has delayed the commencement of an appeal by petitioner. To ensure that the petitioner’s appellate remedy is an adequate legal remedy, the court reset the appellate timetable such that petitioner’s notice of appeal is due within 30 days after the date of this opinion, and if notice of appeal is filed, the record shall be due within 90 days after the date of this opinion. Whitehead v. State, No. 2077-02 (Tex. Crim. App. Mar. 31, 2004). OPINION:Tom Gray, C.J.; Gray, C.J., Vance and Justice Reyna, JJ. CONCURRENCE AND DISSENT:Tom Gray, C.J. “The majority has used Whitehead, a Court of Criminal Appeals opinion from March of this year, as the sole authority to reset the appellate timetable ‘[t]o ensure the Petitioner’s appellate remedy is an adequate legal remedy.’ Maj. slip op. at 2; Whitehead v. State, 130 S.W.3d 866 (Tex. Crim. App. 2004). Whitehead was not a mandamus proceeding. It was a direct appeal from an indigence hearing where the trial court denied a finding of indigence, denied a free record, and denied a retained attorney’s request to withdraw. “The Court of Criminal Appeals said the trial court could have believed the defendant was not indigent for the purpose of appointing counsel and did not abuse its discretion in denying a free record when the defendant did not put on any evidence as to how much the record would cost. The Court agreed that the trial court abused its discretion in denying the retained attorney’s motion to withdraw. It then set the timetable for the notice of appeal for the underlying conviction and the record if a notice of appeal was filed. “Whitehead does not give us the authority to set an appellate timetable through the denial of a mandamus. If the majority believes Williams’s remedy by appeal is inadequate because Williams has now missed the time period to file an appeal, then the majority should grant the petition. But, it cannot. Williams’s appellate remedy is not inadequate simply because he chose to file a petition for writ of mandamus rather than an appeal. See City of Houston v. Miester, 882 S.W.2d 29, 32 (Tex. App. � Houston [14th Dist.] 1994, writ denied). The party seeking review by mandamus must demonstrate that the remedy offered by an ordinary appeal is inadequate. Walker v. Packer, 827 S.W.2d 833, 842 (Tex. 1992). Williams has made no such showing. “So, the majority chooses to deny the petition, like it should, and grant Williams an out of time appeal. We cannot grant out of time appeals. See Slaton v. State, 981 S.W.2d 208, 210 (Tex. Crim. App. 1998); Olivo v. State, 918 S.W.2d 519 (Tex. Crim. App. 1996). Not even with Rule 2. Slaton, 981 S.W.2d at 210; Tex. R. App. P. 2. And the case the majority cites to does not give us that authority either. Thus, I concur with the denial of the petition for writ of mandamus. But because the majority resets the appellate timetable, I respectfully dissent.”

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