A Bad Day for the Defense

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The final day of trial was pretty much a disaster for George Huguely. While his lawyer, Rhonda Quagliana, who had been ill and MIA for the past two days had returned to court, she still looked a little green. Huguely120218_Rhonda
It didn’t help that the prosecution had discovered that this same lawyer had improperly briefed her witnesses on the testimony of the Commonwealth’s witness. Huguely120218_ChapmanHuguely120218_witnessHuguely120218_UsinskyHuguely120218_defense

My guess is that the plan was for the defense’s closing to be delivered by Quagliana, but because she was still on the verge of nausea her partner, Francis McQ. Lawrence had to step in and wing it. Huguely120218_Lawrence
His arguing long and rambling, while prosecutor Chapman’s was powerful and emotional. Huguely120218_juryHuguely120218_familyHuguely120218_doorHuguely120218_Lexie

The jury will begin deliberations on Wednesday.

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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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