Incomprehensible Transcript of Trial in Florida

In Johnson v. State, 442 So. 2d 193, 195 (Fla. 1983), the transcript of a first-degree murder trial was "virtually incomprehensible" because of various omissions, misspellings, and other inaccuracies. After an evidentiary hearing in respect to the issue, the Court affirmed the trial judge's denial of the motion for a new trial, finding that the defendant was unable to point to any prejudice that resulted from the missing portions of the trial transcript. Id. The Court stated that "in the absence of some clear allegation of prejudicial inaccuracy we see no worthwhile end to be achieved by remanding for new trial." Id.