Before we rant, new security changes at the main jail. You get screened when you walk in. There are lockers in the lobby. Once again we note that TGK is the only jail that screens you twice.
COURT REPORTERS - A RANT
Court reporters work very hard. They do an excellent job and like many others in the criminal justice system, they are under-paid. So ok- we are on your side.
What is the deal with the sanctity and inviolability of the all important "notice of deposition"?
Try getting a court reporter to show up without a notice of deposition.
You can get a brain surgeon to the operating room easier. You can get the President of the United States to your home easier. You can get front row seats for Hamilton on Broadway easier.
We do not normally deal with such pedestrian matters. We have "people" who handle the paper work. But it came to pass the other day that we needed a court reporter for a deposition on a last minute basis and we called several - many of whom we have known for decades.
"Can you appear XXXX at 3PM to take a deposition?"
"Can you send us a notice of deposition?"
"No. I'm out. Staff members at the office are sick and others are on vacation. Here's the case number. Here's the defendant's name. Here's the witnesses name. For chrissakes here's our credit card. Just show up and take a twenty minute depo..."
"But you don't have a notice of deposition?"
'NO NO WE DO NOT HAVE A NOTICE OF DEPOSITION. THE FAA GROUNDED THE 737 FLEET WITH LESS PAPERWORK. CAN YOU JUST SEND SOMEONE WITH A MACHINE TO RECORD AND TRANSCRIBE THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS?"
"Well, without a notice of deposition..."
"…Mr. President there is a meteor heading to earth which will destroy all life. But we have calculated that if we can get three court reporters to show up at NASA in Florida, we can deflect the asteroid and save life on earth."
"Well, get it done. Save the planet."
"Umm, the problem is they all are requiring a notice of deposition before they appear and there isn't sufficient time..."
You can get the US Attorneys Office to offer Pre-trial diversion easier than getting a court reporter to show up without a notice of depo. It's easier to get a judge to pick up their bar tab. Or get a sticker for lot 26. Or for the Dolphins to find a decent starting QB. Or to get a table at Joes on Saturday night.
Why does it have to be this difficult?
Thanks, now we feel better.
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