Scalia and Stevens Duke It Out


“It was an extraordinary 23-minute-long scene at the Supreme Court this
morning as Justice Antonin Scalia read from his majority opinion in D.C. v. Heller
and then Justice John Paul Stevens read from his unusually pointed
dissent. Both cast aspersions on each other’s interpretation of the
Second Amendment and relevant precedents, and spectators were left with
a lot of reading to do to determine what the justices actually decided.”

-Tony Mauro, The BLT: The Blog of LegalTimes

I’ve quoted Tony Mauro’s BLT posting because he’s done such a great job of capturing the atmosphere in the Supreme Court yesterday during the announcement of opinions in the historic Second Amendment case, D.C. v. Heller. His peripheral observations remind me that sometimes I need to stop drawing that one Justice or lawyer, and take the time to look around: don’t just draw, sit there.

I urge the reader to follow this link, and read Tony’s complete post.

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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