Tobacco case goes up in smoke


A case before the Supreme Court that was expected to be a major test of the constitutionality of punitive damage awards, Philip Morris v. Williams, instead fizzled out as the issue narrowed to the meaning of a jury instruction that the trial judge had refused to give.

Sketch shows Andrew L. Frey arguing for petitioner Philip Morris.  In the foreground are reporters (LtoR) Joan Biskupic, USA Today,  Charles Lane, The Washington Post,  Nina Totenberg, NPR, Pete Williams, NBC News, and David Savage of the Los Angeles Times.


Art Lien

Courtartist is me, Art Lien. I've been sketching the courts since 1976, and for most of that time the U.S. Supreme Court has been my regular beat. I've been working almost exclusively for NBC News since 1980. Courtroom sketching is a form of visual journalism or reportage drawing that is slowly dying out. Where once upon a time news organization each had their own artist covering a story, today a "pool" artist often sketches for all. It is a demanding and stressful discipline where the drawing is often done directly and under tight deadline.

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