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  • #31
    Originally posted by David Orsam
    Like Wickerman, I don't see a problem either. Just think about the poor old coroner's clerk who is trying to record the witnesses' evidence in longhand.
    Prolly need to be giving evidence to get that far.
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    • #32
      Originally posted by DJA View Post
      Prolly need to be giving evidence to get that far.
      Sounds like you are now making a different point.

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      • #33
        Originally posted by David Orsam View Post
        Like Wickerman, I don't see a problem either. Just think about the poor old coroner's clerk who is trying to record the witnesses' evidence in longhand. He'll be writing as quickly as possible but he will only ever be recording a summary of the material points of a witness's answer. Witnesses have a tendancy to twitter on about irrelevancies. The job of the coroner's clerk for the deposition (if not the coroner) would be to capture the material parts of the evidence in writing, not everything the witness has said. A court reporter on the other hand would be taking notes in shorthand and would thus be able to capture complete and verbatim question and answer exchanges. There's no mystery to it.
        Hi David.

        Although you were likely not aware, you touched on another erroneous self-serving argument offered by a few on here that it was the Coroner's record that was captured in shorthand, therefore the court record should not suffer from the pressure of having to sort wheat from the chaff.

        While it is true the official proceedings at the Old Bailey were taking in shorthand, the local police & Coroners courts were not so capable, and as you correctly point out, these court records were in longhand, with the obvious result that the recorder had to be choosy about what he wrote.
        While the press coverage, in shorthand, was able to be more complete. In that respect, and from our point of view, press coverage was more efficient.
        Last edited by Wickerman; 02-06-2016, 06:28 AM.
        Regards, Jon S.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by David Orsam View Post
          Sounds like you are now making a different point.
          Nope.
          My name is Dave. You cannot reach me through Debs email account

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          • #35
            Originally posted by Ben View Post
            But you were - as per boring usual - taking a swipe at Hutchinson,...
            More correctly, at the Hutchinson theories out there, and also shaking the curtains to see if Ben was peeping through...
            Regards, Jon S.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by DJA View Post
              Nope.
              Care to clarify your point, in more than three words, if you don't mind.

              Regards, Jon S.

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              • #37
                Originally posted by Wickerman View Post
                Care to clarify your point, in more than three words, if you don't mind.

                Troll free zone
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by DJA View Post
                  Troll free zone
                  Well, it was your point, it apparently didn't come through totally clear.
                  It might help if you spelled it out what might be a problem in the press being able to quote verbatim as opposed to general statements captured by the court.
                  The ball is in your court....
                  Regards, Jon S.

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by Wickerman View Post
                    Well, it was your point, it apparently didn't come through totally clear..
                    He did not give evidence.

                    Therefore no Inquest notes.


                    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WJXHY2OXGE
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                    • #40
                      Hi All,

                      DAILY NEWS, 11th September 1888

                      "Among the earliest uses to which the phonograph may advantageously be put is the recording of evidence in courts of justice. Nobody can be present in court for a quarter of an hour without being struck by the sad waste of everybody's time involved in the tedious process of taking down the evidence of witnesses word by word. To the lazy mind it is not very clear why shorthand, which is sufficient for almost all other purposes under the sun, is not to be trusted for this. At the latest Whitechapel inquest, for example, a great number of witnesses, policemen, jurymen, and others, are detained three times as long for the recording of the evidence by the deliberate longhand system of Mr. Baxter as is necessary for the mere hearing of testimony. Business is interrupted, justice is impeded, expense is incurred, and everybody grows tired of the slow procedure, simply because it is deemed necessary to dribble out what has to be said sentence by sentence, with long pauses between. When each witness box has, as a part of its furniture, an infallible recorder of words and tones, hesitations, and emphases, for reference wherever and whenever required, the summons to serve on a jury will be a far less serious matter, the steps of Justice will be quickened, and the cost of legal proceedings will be considerable reduced."

                      Regards,

                      Simon
                      Never believe anything until it has been officially denied.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by DJA View Post
                        He did not give evidence.

                        Therefore no Inquest notes.


                        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7WJXHY2OXGE
                        Ah, so there's a "He" in there somewhere?, I hadn't noticed.

                        David was making general but very accurate observations in comparing court records with press coverage. This is what I was responding to, so I'm not following where you see mention of a certain person who didn't provide testimony.
                        Are we talking about different subjects?
                        Regards, Jon S.

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