Court reporters in history

The Slate and The Village Voice both posted articles this week that mentioned individual court reporters in history. On Feb. 2, The Village Voice ran an article about a clothing store in Soho that features a seven-foot-high, 18th-century well in its men’s department. According to the article, the body of a murdered woman was discovered at the well in 1799, and the trial of the accused was one of the first documented by a stenographer in the United States.

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On Feb. 3, The Slate posted a book review of “The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game,” a history of Monopoly authored by New York Times reporter Mary Pilon. According to the review, Pilon attributes the invention of the game to Lizzie Magie in 1904, a stenographer in Washington, D.C.

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