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While I agree we are there to "help," I do not think we are there to "fix" their messy questions. I am continually appalled that attorneys do not instruct witnesses how to "wait for the entire question" before giving an answer, and then the attorney expects the reporter to sort it out? No way!
Just fire me now....
I read back the "question" with all the interruptions so they know what
kind of a record they are making - if it doesn't make sense to them, well,
they should admonish the witness to "wait for the complete question before answering."
Attorneys don't think about the record until they receive a transcript, and I don't want to be blamed for their inability or lack of awareness when they are making a record. CYA.
With all those interruptions it is very difficult to figure out what exactly the witness is answering "yes," "no," or "I don't know," to. just my opinion. p.s. I do not "clean up" the attorneys.