Boozehound and Manhattan court stenographer Daniel Kochanski was fired from his position after it was discovered the majority of his typing read 'I hate my job' and nonsensical gibberish. His lackadaisical attitude may have affected as many as 30 cases before being discovered, apparently because nobody ever actually asks the court stenographer to repeat something like they always do on TV.
One high-level source said his "gibberish" typing may have jeopardized hard-won convictions by giving criminals the chance to claim crucial evidence is missing.
Kochanski's botched transcripts include 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 said.
I still can't believe it went on for as long as it did before being discovered. And what about the courtroom sketch artist? What have they been drawing this whole time? Erotica? My guess is erotica. If you think there's not a market for courtroom erotica you obviously haven't seen enough Judge Judy.
Thanks to BBQ, who agrees the best thing to do if you hate your job is find a different one. Or burn the office to the ground over the weekend.