Think you know what a photocopy machine is? This court transcript, from a court case before the Ohio Supreme Court, will make you think again. At issue: does the Cuyahoga County records office have an obligation to offer inexpensive copies of deeds and other records? That question leads, inevitably, to the thorny problem of whether or not the office has a photocopier.
Marburger: ...Do you have photocopying machines at the Recorder's office? If you don't know what that means in an office setting, please tell the court you don't know what it means in an office setting to have a photocopying machine.
Patterson: I would like to answer your question to the best of my ability.
Marburger: I'm asking you to answer that.
Patterson: So if you could explain to me what you mean by --
Marburger: I'm not going to do that because I want you -- I want to establish on the record that you really don't know what it is. I want to establish that.
Now, do you know what it is or do you not know what it is? Do you understand what that term means in common parlance or not?
Patterson: Common parlance?
Marburger: Common language.
Patterson: I'm sorry. I didn't know what that meant. I understand that there are photocopying machines, and there are different types of them just like --
Marburger: Are there any in the Recorder's office?
Patterson: -- there are different cars. Some of them run under gas power, some of them under electric power, and I'm asking if you could help me out by explaining what you mean by "photocopying machines" --
Marburger: That's a great point.
Patterson: -- instead of trying to make me feel stupid.
Marburger: If you feel stupid, it's not because I'm making you feel that way.
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