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Do You Want it on the Record or Not?: Top Ten Ways
to Help the Court Reporter Make a Clean Record

July 1, 2015
Elizabeth Scott Moïse

It was a bad day at the office for a New York court reporter last year. During a high-profile criminal trial in Manhattan, the reporter delivered a spectacular version of “take this job and shove it” by repeatedly typing gibberish and hate messages about his job instead of typing the trial transcript. See Rebecca Rosenberg et al., Rogue alcoholic court reporter kept writing ‘I hate my job,’ N.Y. Post (Apr. 3, 2014, 3:20 AM), www.nypost.com/2014/04/03/alcoholic-courtstenographers-gibberish-imperilsguilty-verdicts. The court reporter got his wish, of course, when he was fired, but the court was forced to reconstruct all the testimony that was lost during the rant.

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Reprinted with permission from the S.C. Bar's S.C. Lawyer, July 2015