Typist in Court
Crucial details in 30 dramatic trials went unrecorded because the alcoholic court typist was writing ‘I hate my job, I hate my job’ instead, it has emerged.
At least ten convictions could be overturned after stenographer Daniel Kochanski failed to deliver transcripts that New York judges were expecting.
The US media have compared his meltdown to film The Shining – in which Jack Nicholson’s off-the-rails character repeatedly types ‘All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy’.
Among the botched records is the transcript of the 2010 mortgage-fraud trial of broker Aaron Hand, 42, who was also convicted of trying to hire a hit man to murder a witness.
‘It should have been questions and answers – instead it was gibberish, ’ a source told the New York Times.
‘He hit random keys or wrote, “I hate my job. I hate my job, ” over and over.’
Mr Kochanski’s unhappiness was addressed in 2012 when he was fired and arrested, after his notes came to light.
Police ordered him to make sense of them, but found he was unable to.
Details of the case surfaced after prosecutors were forced to admit he may have missed vital evidence. Judges have summoned witnesses to a series of ‘reconstruction hearings’, where they will try to remember what was said at the original trials.
Mr Kochanski, 43, told the New York Post: ‘I never typed gibberish. I always did my job 100 per cent.