Bring Your Children Cases to Court Day

The two cases argued before the Supreme Court today involved the welfare of children.  In the first, Turner v. Rogers, the Court was asked if deadbeat dads who fail to pay child support have a right to counsel when facing incarceration.

The second case, J.D.B v. North Carolina, concerned the Miranda warning, and whether the age of a juvenile should be taken into consideration when determining if the child is in custody.  Pictured below is the attorney representing the juvenile, J.D.B.


Among the Justices favoring making age a Miranda factor was Justice Breyer who referred to his dissenting opinion in an earlier Miranda case, Yarbourough v. Alvarado.

Justice Breyer to NC Attorney General Roy Cooper :  “You know the sentence I’m referring to in my dissent, presumably?  We hope.  When I have set forth the test which was not accepted.”

At which point Justice Scalia interjected, “Some people don’t  – – some people don’t read the sentence.  He may not have read it.”

AP story here.


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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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