The Law: Capitalist Stenographers

The typical court stenographer sits quietly below the bench, meticulously recording every spoken word. For all his importance, he is usually unnoticed.

Sidney Lipman, the freelance stenographer who worked at the Mary Jo Kopechne inquest in Edgartown, has changed all that. A plump, tenacious Bostonian of 45, Lipman insists that he has the right to sell copies of the inquest transcript for publication. Not only has the controversy forced the Suffolk Superior Court to impound the document until the issue is resolved; it has suddenly made court stenographers highly visible and subject to...

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