Jurors’ Valentine


The Jury in the “Scooter” Libby trial came into the courtroom, all but one, wearing red T-shirts with cutout white paper hearts stuck on in honor of Valentine’s Day. One of the jurors, a math school teacher from North Carolina who has on at least two occasions shown the Judge photos of his grandkids, stood up and made a little speech. My bet is that he’ll become the jury foreman; and the one juror who didn’t put on a red tee? surely the likely holdout when it comes to a verdict. She’s an Art curator.

AP story, along with Dana Verkouteren’s sketch, can be found here.

Slate has the story here.

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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