April 03, 2014

'I Hate My Job, I Hate My Job, I Hate My Job...'

New York court stenographers make an average of $25 per hour transcribing courtroom proceedings.

Makes you wonder why a court couldn't also spring for a camcorder...

An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner "Shining" during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing, "I hate my job, I hate my job" instead of the trial dialogue, sources told The Post.

The bizarre antics by Daniel Kochanski, who has since been fired, wreaked havoc on some 30 Manhattan court cases, sources said, and now officials are scrambling to repair the damage. [...]

Sources said the Manhattan DA's Office arrested Kochanski and forced him to try to make sense of his shorthand typing.

But that effort apparently failed. Judges have been holding "reconstruction hearings" at which everyone involved in a case has to testify about what they remember. (Source)

By DMartyr at 01:41 PM | Comments |