Court reporter saves the day when audio recording is not so audible

I found this article about a trial in Arkansas.  I'll spare you the gruesome details about a man dying after chewing some Fentanyl patches. ( Whatever those are.) The crux of the article is that a taped interview between the perp and police was inaudible so they tasked the court reporter to transcribe it.  The unnamed reporter deserves a badge of honor for wading through the tape, apparently, due to its poor quality.

Portions of the tape were difficult to hear and [the parties] moved to different parts of the courtroom, including by a speaker near the jury box.  'In order to evaluate your questions, I'm going to have to hear this tape as well as you did.' Marczuk said he had listened to it numerous times, and volunteered to have the tape enhanced with additional technology.  However, Webb decided to rely on the court reporter to use the technology of the court's transcription equipment to transcribe the tape for him.

Read the full article here.


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Saturday, December 5, 2009

Todd Olivas

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  Comment by Dennis McBride | Friday, December 11, 2009
what is technology of the court`s transcription equipment to transcribe the tape?

is this equipment commonly used today in courts?

TS of a 30 minute (15 page) hearing has 5 or more omissions/revisions.

is this deliberate?

does a CSR have equipment that records what the CSR did not hear?

how can i approach the CSR to check her recording?

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