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OH PRA Only Required that Indigent Prisoner Be Given One Free Copy of Trial Transcript

Jonathan Call, an Ohio state prisoner, filed a mandamus action in state court to compel an appellate court judge to provide him with a free copy of his trial transcripts, pursuant to the state Public Records Act (PRA), Ohio Rev. Code § 149.43 et seq. Call had been denied the free copy because another judge had already given him one.

On review, the Supreme Court of Ohio held that the PRA only required that indigent prisoners be given one free copy of their trial transcripts. Since Call had already received his one free copy, his mandamus action was dismissed. See: The state ex rel. Call v. Fragale, Judge, 104 Ohio St.3d 276; 819 N.E.2d 294 (2004).

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Call v. Fragale