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Court Reporter Officially Hates His Job More Than You Do

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A Manhattan stenographer allegedly typed "I hate my job" over and over again in the transcripts for criminal trials

Plenty of people say that they hate their job, but few put that sentiment into writing, let alone on the official record. According to the New York Post, one Manhattan court reporter did just that, typing “I hate my job, I hate my job” as well as random characters over and over again rather than court dialogue.

The stenographer, named by the Post as Daniel Kochanski, was reportedly fired but not before allegedly compromising the integrity of more than 30 court transcripts. An unnamed source told the Post the botched transcripts could lead to overturned criminal convictions. No fewer than 10 of the stenographer’s cases are reportedly being appealed, including that of one man convicted of hiring a hit man to murder a witness against him in a different trial.

Kochanski told the Post he had not damaged the integrity of his transcripts: “I never typed gibberish. I always did my job 100 percent. I was let go because of substance abuse,” he said.

No word yet on how the reporter was able to flub so many court transcripts without being caught and reprimanded after the first one.

[New York Post]

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