Wilson: Court Budget Cuts to Blame for Barber Retrial

Adair County Prosecuting Attorney Matt Wilson says he is not surprised the Arnold Barber conviction was thrown out by an appeals court.

In a statement yesterday, Wilson said he became aware the digital recording system had failed and the trial transcript was incomplete when the defense requested a copy of the transcript for their appeal filing. For budgetary reasons, the state does not pay for a person to sit in trials and record every word spoken, unless the trial is being held before a Circuit Court judge. Instead, a digital system records the proceedings and a court reporter transcribes the recording later. In his statement, Wilson said he believes every felony case should be tried in a courtroom with a human court reporter, not a digital recording, to avoid this sort of problem.