Hill v. Norris, Director, Arkansas Department of Corrections
ORDER denying 86 Motion for a Transcript. Signed by Honorable James R. Marschewski on August 5, 2011. (sh)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
WESTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS
FORT SMITH DIVISION
CV NO. 2:08-CV-2082-RTD
LARRY NORRIS, Director
Arkansas Department of Correction
Before the court is the Petitioner's Motion for Transcript (ECF No. 86) filed August 2,
2011. The Petitioner filed a previous Motion for Transcript (ECF No. 83) on July 7, 2010 which
the court denied but instructed the clerk to forward copies of the tape of the hearing to the
Petitioner. (ECF No. 84). The Petitioner, being an inmate in the Arkansas Department of
Correction, is unable to access the tapes which have been sent to him and is seeking to have the
tapes transcribed. (ECF No. 86-1).
On July 24, 2008, Mr. Hill filed a motion pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 2254 seeking to vacate
his convictions in Sebastian County Circuit Court for kidnaping and two counts of rape on the
grounds of ineffective assistance of counsel (ECF No. 1). A limited evidentiary hearing was
conducted on January 30, 2009. As a result of the hearing the court found Mr. Hill's post-trial
counsel was grossly negligent in failing to file a Rule 37 petition (ECF No. 34). A full
evidentiary hearing was conducted on September 15, 2009.
A Report and Recommendation (ECF No. 65) was filed on October 5, 2009
recommending that the Petitioner's Petition be dismissed. The R&R was adopted by the District
Judge on November 2, 2009. (ECF No. 69). The Petitioner filed a Notice of Appeal (ECF No.
72) on November 24, 2009 but an Order was entered denying a Certificate of Appealability (ECF
No. 76) on January 14, 2010. The Eighth Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed the denial of the
Certificate of Appealability on June 3, 2010 and the case was dismissed. (ECF No. 81). The
Petitioner now brings this motion seeking a transcript of the hearing held on September 15, 2009
in order to appeal to the United States Supreme Court.
The Eighth Circuit has stated that “it is clear that a majority of the Court (the Supreme
Court in United States v. MacCollom, 426 U.S. 317, 96 S.Ct. 2086, 48 L.Ed.2d 666 (1976))
concluded that a prisoner has no absolute right to a transcript to assist him in the preparation of a
collateral attack on his conviction, and that constitutional requirements are met by providing such
materials only after judicial certification that they are required to decide the issues presented by a
non-frivolous pending case.” United States v. Russell Losing, Jr., supra, 601 F.2d at 353. See
also United States v. Losing, 584 F.2d 289 (8th Cir. 1978), Cert. denied, 439 U.S. 1081, 99 S.Ct.
865, 59 L.Ed.2d 51 (1979). See U.S. v. Lewis 605 F.2d 379, 379 (C.A.Minn., 1979)
In this case the Petitioner's Certificate of Appealability was denied by the Eighth Circuit.
He has cited no specific error but only that he desires to appeal to the United States Supreme
Court. The record is abundant with written documentation and the Petitioner's request has no
The Petitioner's Motion for a Transcript of the hearing conducted September 15, 2009 is
IT IS SO ORDERED this August 5, 2011.
/s/ J. Marschewski
HONORABLE JAMES R. MARSCHEWSKI
Chief United States Magistrate Judge
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