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Lawyer loses bid for free transcript copy, promises appeal

Jackie Patterson, a criminal defense lawyer in Georgia, lost his motion for a free copy of a digital transcript when Clayton County State Court Judge Morris Braswell denied his request. Braswell also denied Patterson’s request to use his own court reporter during the proceedings.

The debate centers on how new rules for the Judicial Council of Georgia will be interpreted and whether “a digital copy of the transcript at no charge” is issued before or after legal fees are paid, as well as who is responsible for those fees.

Patterson plans to file an emergency appeal without a transcript of the hearing.

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