Sad story in DC

Jacks080110

Banita Jacks was discovered on Wednesday by marshals serving eviction papers in a dark house, where the electricity had been turned off months ago, with the long decomposing bodies of her four children, ages 5, 6, 11 and 17.  What led to this horrible outcome is not yet clear, but it’s the worst local story I’ve covered in a long time.

Ms Jacks appeared before Magistrate Judge Karen Howze yesterday evening and was ordered held without bond until her next appearance on February 11.

Washington Post story here.

Browse the Image Archive
About

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.

Posted in Courtroom Tagged with:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>

2013_Blawg100Honoree_300x300
TWITTER @courtartist

Blog Updates

Enter your name and email below to receive blog updates via email.