Ex Parte Tate

Court of Criminal Appeals of TexasOct 22, 1969
445 S.W.2d 210 (Tex. Crim. App. 1969)

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No. 42209.

July 16, 1969. Rehearing Denied October 22, 1969.

Appeal from the County Criminal Court at Law No. 1, Harris County, Lee Duggan, Jr., J.

Peter S. Navarro, Jr., Houston, for appellant.

Carol S. Vance, Dist. Atty., Phyllis Bell, Asst. Dist. Atty., Houston, and Jim D. Vollers, State's Atty., Austin, for the State.


Petitioner is an inmate of the prison farm of the City of Houston by virtue of a capias growing out of six traffic court convictions with aggregate fines of $425.00.

We overrule appellant's contention that because he is too poor to pay the fines his imprisonment is unconstitutional. His status as an indigent does not render this petitioner immune from criminal prosecution.

The relief prayed for is denied.