Noriega back in court


I’m in Miami for the conclusion of the Padilla trial, but when I heard that Manuel Noriega was making an appearance in the same courthouse I headed up to the 9th floor courtroom and made this sketch. Noriega, in military uniform, is seated next to one of his attorneys, Frank Rubino, while his other attorney, John May, tries to persuade Judge Hoevler to allow the former dictator to return to Panama when he is released from prison here early next month.

AP story can be found 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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