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Justice of the Peace Mike Parrott found them guilty and imposed a 0 fine and court costs of .25 on each defendant.When the defense attorneys realized that the fine was below the minimum required to permit them to appeal the convictions, they asked the judge to impose a higher penalty.Parrott, well aware that the attorneys intended to use the case to raise a constitutional challenge, increased it to 5 with the agreement of the prosecutor.To appeal, Lawrence and Garner needed to have their cases tried in Harris County Criminal Court.Quinn had discretionary authority to charge them for a variety of offenses and to determine whether to arrest them.When Quinn considered charging them with having sex in violation of state law, he had to get an Assistant District Attorney to check the statutes to be certain they covered sexual activity inside a residence.

On November 20, Lawrence and Garner pleaded no contest to the charges and waived their right to a trial.Their attorneys asked the court to dismiss the charges against them on Fourteenth Amendment equal protection grounds, claiming that the law was unconstitutional since it prohibited sodomy between same-sex couples, but not between heterosexual couples.They also asserted a right to privacy and that the Supreme Court's decision in Bowers v.Hardwick that found no privacy protection for consensual sex between homosexuals was "wrongly decided". The Court of Appeals decided to review the case en banc.Their 2–1 decision issued on June 8, 2000, ruled the Texas law was unconstitutional. Anderson and Chief Justice Paul Murphy found that the law violated the 1972 Equal Rights Amendment to the Texas Constitution, which bars discrimination based on sex, race, color, creed, or national origin. On March 15, 2001, without hearing oral arguments, it reversed the three-judge panel's decision and upheld the law's constitutionality 7–2, denying both the substantive due process and equal protection arguments.