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MSNBC shows praise court reporter

Rachel Maddow and Lawrence O’Donnell took a moment to thank court reporters between their MSNBC shows on July 12.

See the video. Here is a transcript of their conversation.

MADDOW: Yes. Seriously.

As — spare a thought, tonight, for the court reporter who has to deal with not only a six-hour hearing but a six-hour hearing, with nine effectively defendants, and all the attorneys representing those defendants, and the defendants are themselves lawyers. Plus, there is the judge riding herd over all of them and they were all on Zoom. It wasn’t even like they were all in the same room. So, you could pierce — piece them together from the — their voices coming from different places.

The court reporter, in that case, has been asked to do absolutely heroic work and when we finally get the transcript of that hearing, it’s probably going to cost a million bucks.

O’DONNELL: And — and — and that moment, when the court reporter spoke saying, listen, you can’t be interrupting each other because I’m just going to get a bunch of dashes here. I’ve never seen a moment like that with a court reporter. But that — she did heroic work, today, that’s for sure.

MADDOW: Yeah. You have — you have to push a court reporter, really hard, before they get to that point.

O’DONNELL: Yeah. Yep. Thank you, Rachel.

MADDOW: Thanks, Lawrence.

O’DONNELL: Thank you.

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