1 For clerical purposes, the motion has been filed under the docket number assigned to the
direct appeal of the judgment.
ARKANSAS SUPREME COURT
No. CACR 04510
MICHAEL EUGENE BRADSHAW
STATE OF ARKANSAS
February 7, 2008
PRO SE MOTION FOR COPY OF
TRANSCRIPT AT PUBLIC EXPENSE
[CIRCUIT COURT OF GARLAND
COUNTY, CR 2003152]
In 2003, petitioner Michael Eugene Bradshaw was found guilty by a jury of attempted first
degree murder and possession of a firearm by certain persons. He was sentenced as a habitual
offender to eighty years’ imprisonment. The Arkansas Court of Appeals affirmed. Bradshaw v.
State, CACR 04510 (Ark. App. Dec. 15, 2004).
Petitioner, who contends that he is indigent, now seeks a copy of the trial transcript lodged
on appeal in order to prove his innocence. 1 There are no grounds for the request beyond the assertion
that his attorney failed to turn over the transcript from the direct appeal to petitioner.
It appears that petitioner erroneously presumes that his in forma pauperis status on direct
appeal obligates the state to provide him with a copy of the transcript of his trial. When a record on
direct appeal is prepared at public expense, it is prepared for the purpose of perfecting the appeal.
The record lodged on appeal is not the property of the appellant, and as such, petitioner has no
absolute right to a personal copy of it.
Furthermore, a petitioner is not entitled to a free copyofmaterial on file with this court unless
he or she demonstrates some compelling need for certain documentary evidence to support an
allegation contained in a timely petition for postconviction relief. See Austin v. State, 287 Ark. 256,
697 S.W.2d 914 (1985) (per curiam). Indigency alone does not entitle a petitioner to free
photocopying. Washington v. State, 270 Ark. 840, 606 S.W.2d 365 (1980) (per curiam). Petitioner
here has cited no specific reason for requiring the requested