Swing and a Mistrial


Just as the Roger Clemens trial was settling into its first full day of testimony the judge called a foul….and Clemens walked.Clemens110714_Judge

As prosecutor Steve Durham stood at the podium Judge Reggie Walton said, “Government counsel can’t do what it thinks it can get away with. Any first year law student should know that.” Clemens110714_Durham

NYT has the story here.

And below are a few additional quick sketches I did in the courtroom today.





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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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