- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 3, 2014

A New York City court stenographer may have botched dozens of transcripts in an apparent meltdown, leaving legal teams scrambling to repair the damage.

Daniel Kochanski, 43, typed gibberish on some 30 Manhattan court cases and may have jeopardized hard-won convictions, the New York Post said.

“It should have been questions and answers — instead it was gibberish,” a source said.

“He hit random keys or wrote, ‘I hate my job. I hate my job. I hate my job,’ over and over,” another source said.

Claudia Trupp, of the Center for Appellate Litigation, said her office was handling 10 of the cases involved.

“I never had a situation where a single court reporter was responsible for so much damage,” she told The Post.

Damage control includes holding “reconstruction hearings” at which everyone involved in a case has to testify based on memory.

“This situation is terrible for everybody,” Miss Trupp said. “It’s very difficult to come up with a sufficient record based on everybody’s recollection years after the event.”

Mr. Kochanski, who was fired in 2012, denied any misconduct to the Post.

“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.”

• Jessica Chasmar can be reached at jchasmar@washingtontimes.com.

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