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POE v. UNITED STATES

April 3, 1964

Samuel N. POE, Petitioner,
v.
UNITED STATES of America, Administrative Office of the United States Courts, and Warren Olney III, Director, Respondents



The opinion of the court was delivered by: WRIGHT

The indigent petitioner in these proceedings under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 has moved for a transcript of his trial. This court has previously determined that the transcript is necessary for petitioner to be able properly to prepare his case here, and has ordered it to be made available to him at Government expense. The transcript has been prepared, but the reporter has not yet turned it over to petitioner, as the Administrative Office of the United States Courts has indicated that the Government will not pay the $ 125.00 cost.

The Federal Court Reporter Act, 28 U.S.C. § 753(f), provides that the Government will provide free transcripts to persons allowed to 'defend * * * in forma pauperis' in any 'criminal * * * proceedings.' Petitioner was allowed to defend in forma pauperis in his criminal trial, counsel being appointed for him by the court. He therefore comes within the scope of this statutory provision. Moreover, since one who had the funds could purchase a transcript of his trial, the Constitution and laws command that the indigent be supplied a transcript when he has need of it. See Hardy v. United States, 375 U.S. 277, 280, and 282-296, 84 S. Ct. 424, 11 L. Ed. 2d 331 (concurring opinion) (1964); Lane v. Brown, 372 U.S. 477, 483-484, 83 S. Ct. 768, 9 L. Ed. 2d 892 (1963); Coppedge v. United States, 369 U.S. 438, 446-447, 82 S. Ct. 917, 8 L. Ed. 2d 21, and cases cited n. 13 (1962); Smith v. Bennett, 365 U.S. 708, 81 S. Ct. 895, 6 L. Ed. 2d 39 (1961); Griffin v. Illinois, 351 U.S. 12, 17-18, 76 S. Ct. 585, 100 L. Ed. 891 (1956); compare Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 83 S. Ct. 792, 9 L. Ed. 2d § 799 (1963); Douglas v. California, 372 U.S. 353, 82 S. Ct. 71, 7 L. Ed. 2d 23 (1963).

 Additionally, the statute provides transcripts for persons allowed 'to sue * * * in forma pauperis' in 'habeas corpus proceedings.' 28 U.S.C. § 753(f). It is clear beyond peradventure that a petitioner under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 is entitled to 'the same rights' as in a habeas corpus suit. United States v. Hayman, 342 U.S. 205, 219, 72 S. Ct. 263, 96 L. Ed. 232 (1952); Andrews v. United States, 373 U.S. 334, 339, 83 S. Ct. 1236, 10 L. Ed. 2d 383 (1963); Sanders v. United States, 373 U.S. 1, 13-14, 83 S. Ct. 1068, 10 L. Ed. 2d 148 (1963); Hill v. United States, 368 U.S. 424, 427, 82 S. Ct. 468, 7 L. Ed. 2d 417 (1962); Heflin v. United States, 358 U.S. 415, 417, 421, 79 S. Ct. 451, 3 L. Ed. 2d 407 (1959).

 Therefore, under the Constitution and the statute, an indigent petitioner under 28 U.S.C. § 2255 is entitled to a free transcript of his trial if necessary to make out his case. United States v. Glass, 4 Cir., 317 F.2d 200, 202-203 (1963); Sokol, The Availability of Transcripts for Federal Prisoners, 2 American Criminal Law Quarterly 63 (1964). The Glass case adequately deals with prior authority to the contrary which reflects a narrow view of defendants' rights.

 So ordered.

 n1 Sitting by designation pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 291(c).

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