Court examines mechanics of lethal injection


The Supreme Court Justices focused on the mechanical details of lethal injection in their questions to the attorneys arguing before them in Baze v. Rees today. Some Justices suggested that the case should go back to the lower courts where more evidence could be gathered about alternative administration of drugs for execution, a possibility that Justice Scalia objected to because it could extend the nationwide moratorium on executions; “it could take years” he said.

The sketch shows the attorney for the Kentucky death-row inmates, Donald Verrilli, Jr., arguing before the Court.

Washington Post story is 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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