Here’s one ex-stenographer who found the daily grind of transcribing court hearings to be too much to handle.
In 2012, court officials discovered Daniel Kochansi had been typing gibberish and “I hate my job” repeatedly instead of transcribing court conversations.
“It should have been questions and answers,” one court source told the New York Post. “Instead, it was gibberish.”
The stenographer was fired in 2012 after his gibberish was discovered. But now, almost two years later, New York courts are still scrambling to undo the damage caused by his recklessness.
Court officials say his mistakes have weakened at least 30 cases and allowed once-convicted criminals to claim crucial evidence is missing from their trials. New York Courts are now being forced to hold hearings for years old cases in which they ask witnesses to recall everything they can remember about events that took place years ago.
“I never had a situation where a single court reporter was responsible for so much damage,” Claudia Trupp of the Center for Appellate Litigation said. “This situation is terrible for everybody. It’s very difficult to come up with a sufficient record based on everybody’s recollection years after the event.”
Kochanski’s ex-wife Heather Kochanski said “The pressure of that job pushed him over the edge, leading him to lose everything.”
The New York Post reached Kochanski by phone on Wednesday. Despite the mountain of evidence against him, he denied ever typing nonsense during court proceedings.
“I never typed gibberish. I always did my job 100 percent. I was let go because of substance abuse,” he said. “I’m in recovery. July will be one year I’m clean."