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Sunday, June 09, 2013

Ind. Courts - Tipton County court transcript lost in the mail

The ILB has had a number of entries on unfinished, lost, and even taken, court transcripts.

Today the Kokomo Tribune's "Public eye" column reports:

When Tipton County Clerk Debbie Tragesser recently sent a court transcript to the Indiana State Court of Appeals, she didn’t expect it to get lost between Tipton and Indianapolis.

Tragesser sent a transcript in the post-conviction relief appeal of Jason Roudebush on April 24 by certified mail, with a return receipt requested.

She learned April 29 the United States Postal Service was unable to locate the transcript. Tragesser said the certified mail left Tipton, but never made it to the Indianapolis USPS sorting facility.

The USPS offered to reimburse Tipton County the $10 it cost to mail the transcript.

“We may need to have another transcript made,” Tragesser said. “I’m waiting to hear from the Court of Appeals.”

Tragesser said the cost of creating another transcript is not known.

It could be worse, the ILB's list includes cases where a videotape machine malfunctioned, or audio tapes were lost, and there was no backup, so there was no means to create another transcript.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 9, 2013 11:36 AM
Posted to Indiana Courts