Bobbi Parker transcript cost ahead of appeal
OKLAHOMA CITY– There is a new twist to an Oklahoma court case that grabbed national headlines and played out for more than a decade. Bobbi Parker was found guilty of helping a convicted killer escape from prison.
She was sentenced to one year behind bars.
Parker wants to appeal that conviction, but her attorney says a judge has made that almost impossible to do.
Parker needs the trial transcript to file an appeal, but the judge says she'll have to pay more than one hundred thousand dollars for it.
Even though Parker is set to walk out of prison this year, she still wants to appeal her case to clear her name.
However, there's a lot of money in the way that's keeping that appeal from happening.
It was one of the longest trials in Oklahoma history.
As you can imagine the court transcripts that go along with it are massive, and the cost to order those records is more than one hundred thousand dollars.
If Parker wants to appeal her case, she's first going to have to shell over that massive amount of money for the transcripts.
Her attorney says that's outrageous. So he's going after the judge who made the decision.
“Ordering him to order that the transcript of Bobbi Parker's four month trial be prepared at government expense, because Bobbie Parker is indigent. In other words, she's a pauper,” Parker's attorney Garvin Isaacs said. “Her income last year was below ten thousand dollars.”
Isaacs says he will appeal Parker's case, because he doesn't believe she got a fair trial.
However, he can't do it without the transcript. In order to appeal, he will need to be able to cite the page and line.
With no record, an appeal can't me made. So Isaacs took his complaint to the court of criminal appeals.
“It's merely asking the court of criminal appeals issue an order to require Judge Darby to order that the transcript be prepared at public expense,” he said.
Earlier this month judge Richard Darby decided Parker could afford the cost.
He cited Parker's and her husband's checking account of $2,500, a savings account of $3,000, an IRA account and the Parker's two homes, one of which is valued at $50,000.
He also considered Parker's husband's yearly salary of $59,000.
Isaacs insists the one hundred thousand dollar price tag for transcripts is an amount his client just can't afford pay and is something he says is holding her back from a basic right as a citizen.
“I will not stop until we have a fair trial,” he said.
NewsChannel Four tried contacting the judge in this case, but someone from his office said they couldn't give him the message until Monday.
We also talked with the court reporter who transcribed the trial.
She says if Parker had had a public defender instead of a private attorney, the records would be provided at the state's expense.