Low Jinks at the High Court

In a playful break of decorum a lawyer at respondent’s table stuck the quill pen that is traditionally given to counsel behind his ear. It should be noted that this occured a half-hour before the Justices would take the bench, and spectators had just begun to be seated.

The case being argued was Salazar v. Ramah Navajo Chapter.

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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