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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ind. Decisions - More on: "Elkhart teen begins appeal of his murder conviction"

Updating this ILB entry from Oct. 10, 2013, where the ILB quoted an Elkhart Truth story from Oct. 3rd reporting that attorney Cara Weineke had asked to the trial court "to find her client indigent, so that he can obtain a copy of the trial transcript free of charge", the trial court denied the request, although Weineke explained that the cost of the transcript alone ($5,000 ) would be far more than the fee the defendant's clients had agreed to pay her. Weineke appealed the ruling. Last week she told the ILB:

Thought you might like to know that the Court of Appeals granted my request for Blake Layman to proceed in forma pauperis for purposes of appeal.

The order states, "Appellant is relieved of the obligation to pay for the transcript, the Clerk's Record, and the filing fee on appeal."

A lot of attorneys don't know that even if you are private counsel, you can still get funds for other expenses if your client is indigent. Which is a good thing or I would have been doing this appeal for free.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 10, 2013 03:50 PM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions