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Williamson v. State

Supreme Court of Arkansas

February 26, 2015

RAMON WILLIAMSON PETITIONER
v.
STATE OF ARKANSAS RESPONDENT

PRO SE MOTION FOR COPIES AT PUBLIC EXPENSE [PULASKI COUNTY CIRCUIT COURT, NO. 60CR-06-2169]

Ramon Williamson, pro se petitioner.

No response.

PER CURIAM

In 2008, judgment was entered reflecting that petitioner Ramon Williamson had been found guilty by a jury of capital murder for which he was sentenced to life imprisonment without parole. This court affirmed. Williamson v. State, 2009 Ark. 568, 350 S.W.3d 787.

On December 29, 2014, petitioner filed the instant pro se motion seeking a copy at public expense of the date on which this court decided the appeal and a copy of this court's decision and all other written material from the appeal. Petitioner has appended his affidavit of indigency to the motion.

The judgment was affirmed by this court on November 12, 2009. With respect to the request for copies of the decision and other written material from the direct appeal, petitioner has not stated good cause to provide copies at public expense. There is no statement of the nature of any legal proceedings in the case or why the documents are needed to proceed in the case. No issues that petitioner intends to raise in state or federal court are identified. There is also no statement as to whether a postconviction remedy is available to petitioner at this time in any court.

We have consistently held that indigency alone does not entitle a petitioner to free copying of any material on file with either this court or the Arkansas Court of Appeals. Wade v. State, 2014 Ark. 492 (per curiam). A petitioner seeking a copy of written material on file with an Arkansas appellate court must show a compelling need for the copy to support a specific allegation contained in a timely petition for postconviction relief. Id.

Petitioner has not demonstrated that there is any particular issue that he cannot adequately raise to a particular court without access to the written material he seeks. Furthermore, he has not demonstrated that there is a postconviction remedy open to him at this time. See Khabir v. State, 2014 Ark. 369, 439 S.W.3d 679 (per curiam) (citing Ward v. State, 2013 Ark. 250 (per curiam)). Accordingly, he has failed to show that he has a compelling need for any material on file with this court's clerk to warrant providing him with copies at public expense.[1]Williams v. State, 2014 Ark. 70 (per curiam).

Motion denied.


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