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Reporting the Michael Jackson
Trial: Part One
By The National Court Reporters Association
NCRA has been in touch with the official court reporters who are covering the involuntary manslaughter trial of Michael Jackson’s doctor. They are Mavis Theodorou and Patricia McNeal, official reporters for the Los Angeles Superior Court. They have agreed to keep us posted on the news that court reporters want to know about the case.
Here’s what we’ve heard so far.
September 23, 2011
The attorneys and court developed a lengthy questionnaire that was distributed to prospective jurors on September 8 and 9, and today those who were not excused are returning to continue with the voir dire process. The trial will actually commence with opening statements and the evidentiary portion next Tuesday, 9/27.
The courtroom has been wired for world-wide coverage, and our stomachs have butterflies. With the advance of technology, our hopes for having multiple copy orders have disappeared. The news agencies have two captioners — one on the east coast, one on the west coast — and each news agency has a slew of affiliates with whom they’re sharing their coverage.
We’ve been in touch with a “repository” service, yeslawonline.com, that for a nominal fee will upload our transcripts into their server and distribute at our direction in ASCII format, pdf, condensed, and include a word index. We will forward to them our ASCII files and they’ll handle the rest. We’re elated about working with them. Until then, we’ve had some interesting motions on the case and we’re gearing up for the trial!