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Mayer v. City of Chicago

United States Supreme Court
404 U.S. 189 (1971)


Facts

Mayer (defendant) was convicted of city ordinance violations and ordered to pay fines. Mayer wanted to appeal and petitioned the trial court for free transcripts. The trial court denied the motion because Illinois law only provided free transcripts in felony cases. State law provided alternatives to transcripts in non-felony cases. Mayer moved the state supreme court for an order that he be provided free transcripts. The state supreme court denied his motion. Mayer petitioned the United States Supreme Court to challenge the constitutionality of the law limiting free transcripts to felony offenses.

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