This is an original petition for habeas corpus commenced in this court.
The papers filed by petitioner indicate that, in 1956, he pleaded guilty to an indictment for rape and was sentenced to life imprisonment. He prays for release from "his illegal incarceration in this cause."
The papers filed by petitioner do not show that he has previously made application to the judge of any court invested with jurisdiction to grant habeas corpus and that such judge has undertaken to decide upon petitioner's case or has, without just cause, refused to entertain the same. If an application by petitioner for habeas corpus had previously been denied, he would, for aught that appears, have been entitled to appeal from such denial. Ex parte Whitson, 275 Ala. 685, 158 So.2d 486. In any event, he has not shown that circumstances exist which will authorize the issuance of the original writ from this court and the petition therefor is due to be denied.
Appended to his petition for habeas corpus is a request for appointment of counsel "TO REPRESENT AND ASSIST HIM, THE PETITIONER IN PERFECTING HIS APPLICATION FOR THE WRIT OF HABEAS CORPUS TO THIS HONORABLE COURT."
We do not think that Act No. 526, of the Legislature, approved September 16, 1963, Laws 1963, p. 1136, requires or contemplates that this court, or a justice thereof, shall appoint counsel for an indigent petitioner, who seeks an original writ of habeas corpus from this court, when the petition fails to show that he had previously applied to a judge of some court invested with jurisdiction to grant the writ, and that such judge has undertaken to decide or has refused to entertain the cause as stated in Ex parte Lee, supra.
Request for counsel denied.
LIVINGSTON, C. J., and GOODWYN and HARWOOD, JJ., concur.