In re LaRhonda Torry, No. 08-0026.

Early this afternoon, the Texas Supreme Court issued an order denying the petition for mandamus relief in the pending Fort Worth election case involving State Senate District 10. Sometime later in the day, the Court amended that order list to also deny “without prejudice” the pending Houston case involving Texas House District 147 (held by Rep. Garnet Coleman).

Like the Court’s disposition of the Fort Worth case, this order also cited Texas Rule of Appellate Procedure 52.3(e), which generally requires that a mandamus petition first be presented to the intermediate court of appeals. The rule is discussed in the earlier post about the Fort Worth case.