10 Commandments + 7 Aphorisms = “Tyrany of Labels”


In trying to decide if the town of Pleasant Grove, Utah should be required to allow an obscure religious sect, Summum, to place a monument  bearing the “Seven Aphorisms”, supposed by believers to be original tablets given to Moses, in a municipal park where the Ten Commandments now stand engraved in granite the Supreme Court, during arguments yesterday, grappled with constitutional labels  “public forum,” “limited public forum,” “government speech,”and “private speech.”  Justice Kennedy said “this case is an example of the tyranny of labels.”

NYT story 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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