Libby trial in the back stretch


Near end of the day Jurors began listening to tapes of Scooter libby’s Grand Jury testimony, eight hours in all, after which NBC’s Tim Russert is expected to be the final witness in the governments case.

I thought the elderly woman on the right of my sketch bore a resemblance to Libby, and might be his mother, but I was wrong. Thanks to this blog I have somewhere to show it anyway.

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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