Julio Morris is on trial for murder. The case has lasted a few weeks already before Judge Al Milian. The trial was scheduled to begin a few months ago when a key witness turned up dead. On Thursday Morris was formally charged with ordering the witness killed. Two other people are in custody on the murder of the witness. We note that "elimination of a witness" is a statutory aggravating factor for the death penalty. The trial for Morris continues. David Peckins and Stuart Adelstein for the defense.
For his next trick, David Copperfield who once made the Statute of Liberty disappear, will now make the REGJB disappear. This cannot happen soon enough.
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Thursday, March 21, 2019
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I looked up the term "witness elimination" in the modern urban dictionary. Has replaced "murdering a witness." Cause? Watching too many re-runs of the Sopranos and then thinking you are somehow hip. The powers that be tried "witness whacking" or "whacking a witness" but the alliteration was too close to arousing sexual fantasies so "witness elimination" it is.
Ya know. youse gotta big mout. Whdda want rumpole to say? Rat clipped? Snitched rubbed out?
Give da guy respect. He wrote in a respectful manner. Da guy woke up dead. Nuff said.
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And this right here shows the very ignorance we reporters have to deal with. YES, we NEED a notice. It provides YOU with an INFORMED reporter. You are hiring us to take a job. Jeez, can we at least KNOW what the job is? Am I walking into a medical malpractice case with nine lawyers in the room? I have to provide YOU a transcript, but you don't want to provide me the firm names, the attorneys' names, the addresses or the emails of the people in attendance? You want to start right away, but I NEED to know who you are BEFORE I START.
It's literally a matter of respect!!! Everyone in the room knows what the case is about. Can you please give the reporter the courtesy of a NOTICE so we can decipher at least what we are walking into? Am I to delay the proceedings by asking everyone in the room who they are and who they represent and how to spell their name and which office they are located in, as many firms have offices in different counties, cities, states?
I write realtime, as in closed-captioning, like you see on TV. It comes up on my computer screen as you speak. We write in short-hand with brief forms. It's like another language. Different letters equal different sounds, as it is phonetic. How the heck do you expect Mr. Steffinbaucher's name to come up translated IF I DIDN'T PUT IT IN MY JOB DICTIONARY BEFOREHAND with a brief form?
And for the very unfortunate chap who wrote something about the president or a surgeon needs less information beforehand, your ignorance is beyond response. A skilled reporter will review the notice, input all names on the notice, including the style names, the deponent's name, or names, and the attorneys' names so that it comes up translated into English AS YOU SPEAK. PLEASE, for the love of God, RESPECT that we are part of the process, A VERY IMPORTANT PART, and allow us to be informed WITH A NOTICE BEFORE WE WALK INTO THE ROOM.
Signed, A Court Reporter's RANT
First of all, you posted a comment under the WRONG post mi amigo/amiga. The court reporter rant is the PRIOR post. Second, my rant is that when emergency issues arise, and I call a court reporter ON A CRIMINAL CASE and tell them I need them, I can even tell them the case name and number AND name of the witness on the phone. It's never enough. I can offer to pay them $20 a word transcribed. Doesn't matter. THEY NEED A NOTICE. "It's a death case. A man's life is on the line. I can save him if you show up at 3." Doesn't matter. No notice - no depo.
Look, I work for money. I get it. A lawyer friend calls and asks me to appear quickly in court to help them. If I can I drop what I'm doing and go. I do not respond "well can you send me your notice of appearance and perhaps the information and some of the depos."
My rant is court reporters unlike almost every other profession does not seem able to respond to an emergency request.
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