Theme of the Day: Death Penalty


Yesterday, April 15th, the Supreme Court appropriately delivered two tax related opinions.  Today, as they were about to hear arguments on a Louisiana law that permits the death penalty in cases of child rape, the Court announced their decision approving the use of lethal injection to administer capital punishment.

The sketch shows attorney Jeffrey Fisher arguing today for the petitioner in Kennedy v. Louisiana.  Fisher also appeared before the Supreme Court earlier this term representing the victims of the Exxon Valdez oil spill; a sketch of that argument can be found here.

Washington Post story on the Louisiana case is here.

NYT story on Lethal Injection 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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