I read every transcript I can get my hands on, including my own. My office mate at the Philly PD’s office used to give me a hard time about that – he thought I was being vain. But he may have been giving me more credit than I deserved. Sometimes you are proud of how you did. Other times, with every verbal tic and grammatical error spelled out in black-and-white for everyone to see, reviewing a transcript can be a humbling experience. For example, take this two-line blurb from a recent probable cause hearing transcript (please!):
MR. KOEHLER: But, but, but –
THE COURT: Mr. Koehler, your position is noted for the record. . .
Sometimes you are Clarence Darrow. Sometimes you are not.