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Court reporters Serve Vital Role


The stenotype machine belonging to Karen Strickland Planz looks like someone has sabotaged it by stealing most of its keys. When she begins to type, it appears even more certain.Planz presses combinations of the 24 keys the way a person may play the pipe organ, only much, much faster. What comes out is a mixture of consonants and vowels that appear random enough to have been mixed up in a paper sack and thrown out onto the computer screen. There is a method to the madness. A computer program translates the shorthand to English. What emerges will be a near flawless transcription of the latest court proceeding in the courtroom of local Circuit Judge Butch Binford. Planz has been Binford’s court reporter since 2008, about two years after....MORE

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