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Views mixed on Wisconsin computer game-playing court reporter

Screenshot of Freecell Solitaire game, the game a Wisconsin court reporter was seen playing in the courtroom. Via WIkimedia Commons.

When a viewer of a TV news story noticed a court reporter playing a computer game during a hearing, the viewer -- and then the station -- asked questions. (WDJT w/ video)

Should a court reporter be playing games while on the clock?

We wonder what you think? Is it appropriate?

Views seem to be mixed so far. Commenters to the story gave it a thumbs down, calling it “unprofessional.”

The judge seemed less concerned, saying “he’s doing his job absolutely correctly.”

And the court reporter defended himself saying, “I don't tell you how to do your job, and you don't tell me how to do mine.”

Do you play computer games in court? Do you think it’s unprofessional? Was the viewer and the TV station off base by questioning the behavior?

Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter.


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A news outlet in Wisconsin has taken notice of a court stenographer because of his use of new technology. But it’s not a digital recording device. It’s a stenomask, which allows the court reporter to speak the transcript rather than typing it. He is reportedly the only user of the technology in the state. When he “tried out” for the job, people “would run in from other offices to see this freak show,” he said. (The Journal Times)

WIkipedia says a stenomask user "can exceed 180 words per minute while at the same time exceeding 95 percent accuracy." Stenomask can also help a reporter modify the pronunciation of words to improve accuracy.

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NCAA Tournament madness: Wisconsin player badgers stenographer


It doesn’t happen often, but once in a while the spotlight shines on the stenographer. The bigger the venue, the bigger the spotlight.

And right now, nothing’s much bigger than the NCAA Tournament. So, when a player made reference to the stenographer who was documenting a news conference, suddenly the stenographer wasn’t just recording the news, she WAS the news.

After his team’s win against the Oregon Ducks, Wisconsin Badger Nigel Hayes began his turn at the mike with a few words: specifically, cattywampus, onomatopoeia and Antidisestablishmentarianism.

When asked why, he said he was trying to make the stenographer’s job really interesting.

After the news conference, three Wisconsin players gathered around the stenographer and got her to explain how her machine worked. They pecked on a few keys themselves while the media took pictures and video.

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The Sweet 16
Now that the teams have been narrowed down to 16, college basketball fans across the country are ready to watch their favorite teams determine the winner of the 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship tournament.

Many fans will be perched in front of their televisions, jumping from city to city via CBS, truTV, TBS and TNT.

Other lucky fans will be going in person to cities across the country. Tickets are available through the NCAA’s website here.

Here are the regional and Final Four sites and dates:

  • Regional Semifinals and Finals (Sweet Sixteen and Elite Eight)
    • March 26 and 28
  • Midwest Regional, Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, Ohio (Host: Mid-American Conference and Cleveland State University)
  • West Regional, Staples Center, Los Angeles, California (Host: Pepperdine University)
    • March 27 and 29
  • East Regional, Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York (Host: Syracuse University)
  • South Regional, NRG Stadium, Houston, Texas (Hosts: Rice University, and University of Houston)
  • National Semifinals and Championship (Final Four and Championship)
    • April 4 and 6
  • Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana (Hosts: Butler University, IUPUI and the Horizon League)

Here are our offices in or near NCAA regional sites:

If you find yourself in some of those cities with the need to balance March Madness and work, we have offices in or near most of the regional host cities and the site of the Final Four.

West regional center
South Flower Street,
Los Angeles, CA 90071

(213) 234-5540

Northeast regional center
1501 Broadway,
New York, NY 10036

(646) 292-4050

Southwest regional center
2425 West Loop South
Freeway #200,
Houston, TX
(713) 650-3500

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