Editor’s Note: Dave Marburger serves as counsel for the Ohio Coalition for Open Government.

From the Plain Dealer

David Marburger is amused that his bizarre deposition in 2010 of a public records case got new life this week as a New York Times video dramatization featuring the “Upright Citizens Brigade.”

While the dialogue is verbatim, Marburger says the Times still got it all wrong.

“The deposition wasn’t angry; there was no standing up, no shouting; nothing like the video,” he said.

As you may recall, the deposition of Lawrence Patterson, then the acting Information Technology director for the Cuyahoga County Recorder’s Office, got stuck on the definition of a “photocopier.”

Patterson: When you say “photocopying machine,” what do you mean?

Marburger: Let me be — let me make sure I understand your question. You don’t have an understanding of what a photocopying machine is?

The New York Times portrayed Marburger as agitated, frustrated and increasingly angry in its “Op-Docs” feature, an online forum of the paper’s editorial department featuring short documentary pieces.

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