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Holt denied access to court reporter's tape

The Hillsborough public defender had hoped to obtain a court reporter's audiotape that she said contained a judge's comment that had been left out of a court transcript, but an appeals court denied that request Friday. Public Defender Julianne Holt said that during a routine case before Circuit Judge Diana Allen, the judge "made a statement about the (assistant) public defender on the case which we thought would or could undermine the relationship" between client and attorney. But the comment was not in a court reporter's transcript, Holt said, so her office requested the audiotape. In an opinion Friday, the 2nd District Court of Appeal said the tape, which is in the judge's possession at her request, is an "informal" audiotape and not a judicial record.

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