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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS:On April 7, 2003, a jury was empanelled by visiting Judge David Cleveland in a Tarrant County trial court. On April 10, the jury convicted Joseph Mangone of aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child. The jury acquitted Mangone on some other charges. Shortly before his sentencing on April 11, Mangone learned that Cleveland’s assignment order had been changed from April 7 to April 11, and that visiting Judge C. C. “Kit” Cooke had been assigned to the court for the same time period. Mangone filed a motion for mistrial for lack of jurisdiction. He also filed a writ of prohibition asking Judge George Gallagher, the sitting judge of the district, to order Cleveland to “cease and desist” acting in Mangone’s case. The administrative assistant to the presiding judge for the region testified at a hearing on Mangone’s motions that Cooke had originally been assigned to the court for those dates, but that he subsequently asked to be relieved of the assignment because of medical problems. The assistant then made arrangements to have Cleveland step in. Though the date Cleveland was to sit was first written down as beginning on April 7 (without an end date), it was later changed to run through April 11. Cleveland proceeded with the trial under a “verbal order” until the written order with the changed dates was signed by the presiding judge. Gallagher denied the motion for mistrial, and presided over the remainder of Mangone’s trial, without objection from Mangone. Mangone was sentenced, and he now appeals, contesting Cleveland’s authority. HOLDING:Affirmed. Because the trial began during Cleveland’s assigned time period, Cleveland was authorized by the written order to complete the trial of the case. The fact that the administrative assistant and the presiding judge of the region changed the ending date of the written order after Cleveland began the trial did not render the order null and void or deprive Cleveland of the authority to complete the trial commenced on the beginning date of his assignment, which did not change. The court adds that Texas law allows for two or more judges to exercise authority over a single case. Gallagher’s decision to preside over the punishment phase after Mangone challenged Cleveland’s authority is irrelevant as to Cleveland’s lawful authority to preside over the case earlier. OPINION:Cayce, C.J.; Cayce, C.J.; Dauphinot and Gardner, JJ.

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