The appellate attorney should use more than just the transcript, but she is limited to what she can use in an appeal. For instance, an appellate attorney can also use any pleadings filed in the trial court, any transcripts from pre-trial hearings, and any orders or decisions made by the trial court prior to your cousin's conviction. Otherwise, the attorney is correct: no new evidence can be introduced in a direct appeal. I often communicate with relatives of my appellate clients,...