Sometimes a Funny Court

A few chuckles at the Court yesterday ( see Dahlia Lithwick’s story in Slate ), so I thought I’d post a couple doodles I did as the Justices announced their opinions.

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In his opinion in Staub v. Proctor Hospital Justice Scalia said it was a “cat’s paw case”.

He was quoting the Seventh Circuit’s Judge Posner, but the reference is to a fable by Jean de La Fontaine.

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And Chief Justice Roberts, to explain why the Court unanimously found that AT&T does not posses personal privacy, even if it is a person, cited the distinct meanings of “corn” and “corny”, and “crank” and “cranky” ( see “Crafty Craft & Squirrel Squirrels” ).  He concluded his opinion by saying, “We trust that AT&T will not take it personally”.

For the record, Justice Scalia does not posses a cat’s paw and the Chief Justice did not hold up an ear of corn. 

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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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