The Lighter Side of a Mixed Case

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Carolyn Kloeckner made a mistake navigating the labyrinth required to file a complaint against her former employer, the U.S. Department of Labor, alleging sex and age discrimination. Actually she filed two separate complaints with the EEOC, appealed to the MSPB and missed a deadline‚Ķit’s complicated.

But there were moments of levity as reflected in the arguments transcript and caught in my sketch :

at 17:13

Justice Kennedy, “I’ve probably led a charmed life, but I’ve never heard of a mixed case until this matter came before us”

at 23:17

Justice Kagan, “Mr. Schnapper, if I disagree with everything that you just said, I can still rule for you in this case, right?”

Schnapper, “you can, and you don’t need to address what I just said.”

The case is Kloeckner v. Solis and the transcript is here.

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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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