Re "State courts must enter the electronic age" (Editorials, Feb. 1): A pilot study done in the 1990s -- really? Often, the judge I work for has interrupted the proceedings while staring at my real-time transcript to say, "Hey, I know it looks like I'm playing solitaire up here, but I'm not. You see, I'm a visual learner. It helps me to see your arguments in written form."
Many of us are visual learners. At some point, that difficult medical examiner's testimony has to be put into words; that emotional, tearful witness has to be put into words. Who is going to do it? What is going to happen is that electronic recording will be outsourced, probably to some person in the Philippines getting paid a few dollars to bang out a transcript. That's unacceptable.
Court reporters are still relevant because we are the best way to maintain the record. Ever try "Dragon Dictation"? Technology isn't there yet.
-- Megan Zalmai, San Ramon