Rogue Alcoholic Court Reporter Kept Writing ‘I Hate My Job’, by Rebecca Rosenberg, Reuven Fenton and Bruce Golding with additional reporting by Steven Hirsch and Laurel Babcock, New York Post
An alcoholic Manhattan court stenographer went rogue, channeling his inner ‘Shining’ during a high-profile criminal trial and repeatedly typing,’ hate my job, I hate my job’ instead of the trial dialogue, sources told The Post.
The bizarre antics by Daniel Kochanski, who has since been fired, wreaked havoc on some 30 Manhattan court cases, sources said, and now officials are scrambling to repair the damage.
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. . . . .