A Manhattan court stenographer was fired after reportedly typing: “I hate my job, I hate my job” instead of recording criminal trial dialogue.
Daniel Kochanski’s actions, which apparently also included simply hitting random keys, “wreaked havoc” on some 30 court cases, sources tell the New York Post.
There are concerns the mangled transcripts could lead to overturned criminal convictions, and 10 of Kochanski’s cases are reportedly being appealed, including one of a man convicted of hiring a hit man to murder a witness against him.
Daniel Kochanski is alleged to have typed 'I hate my job' repeatedly instead of criminal trial dialogue
Kochanski denied he had typed gibberish, telling the Post: “I always did my job 100 per cent. I was let go because of substance abuse.
The 43-year-old, who was fired in March 2012, added: "I'm in recovery. July will be one year I'm clean."
Kochanski’s alleged actions are reminiscent of the scene in Stanley Kubrick’s horror film The Shining where Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) repeatedly types: “All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.”
It's not the first time a court stenographer has gone rogue.
Last year during the US government shutdown, stenographer Diane Reidy began shouting as the House attempted to approve the number of votes needed to reopen and avoid a debt crisis.Footage revealed her yelling about God and the Freemasons before being escorted from the building.