Mortal Kombat & James Madison

SC101102wideA few sketches and quotes from today’s Supreme Court arguments on violent video games, Schwarzenegger v. Entertainment Merchants Association :
    “Some of the Grimm’s fairy tales are quite grim, to tell you the truth”Justice Scalia

California’s Deputy Attorney General Zackery P. Morazzini arguing for petitioners.

 “Well, I think what Justice Scalia wants to know is what James Madison thought about video games”Justice Alito

Paul M. Smith makes the First Amendment argument for respondents.

 “. . . Mortal Kombat, . . .which I am sure half the clerks who work for us spent considerable amounts of time in their adolescence playing.”Justice Kagan

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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