Alcoholic court stenographer repeatedly types “I hate my job” instead of transcribing cases
Apr 3, 2014
During a high profile court case a New York City stenographer repeatedly typed “I hate my job”
By John Vibes
NEW YORK (INTELLIHUB) — Daniel Kochanski, an alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rouge recently and transcribed multiple court cases by typing in gibberish, including the phrase “I hate my job” .
The cases that he recorded included the 2010 mortgage-fraud trial of Aaron Hand, who was also convicted of trying to hire a hit man to take out a witness against him.
A source familiar with the case said Kochanski’s transcripts of that trial were a total mess.
“It should have been questions and answers — instead it was gibberish,” the source told the New York Post.
The source also said that “He hit random keys or wrote, ‘I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job,’ over and over.”
Claudia Trupp, of the Center for Appellate Litigation, said her office was handling the appeals in Hand’s and nine other cases.
“I never had a situation where a single court reporter was responsible for so much damage,” she said.
“This situation is terrible for everybody,” Trupp said. “It’s very difficult to come up with a sufficient record based on everybody’s recollection years after the event.”
Kochanski, 43, was fired in March 2012 for misconduct, according to the Office of Court Administration spokesman David Bookstaver.