Columbus attorney makes a case for court reporters
Columbus attorney Frederick D. Benton Jr. took a stand against House Bill 487 in his letter to the editor of the Columbus Dispatch. Benton pointed to the volume of complicated issues that a court reporter faces and explained that a machine cannot nearly handle this level of complexity. He elaborated, “Court reporters face a daunting task managing the day-to-day court proceedings. Witnesses, attorneys and sometime judges often fail to express their thoughts in a clear, articulate manner. There are times when witnesses speak too fast, or testimony and questioning overlap…For those who believe recording devices are more cost-effective, they need only experience moments where tapes from hearings were later discovered to be inaudible.” Click here to read the full letter to the editor.