No Sign of Remorse at Tsarnaev Arraignment

 Boston Marathon bombing suspect slumped in his chair, smirked and generally seemed to display an attitude in court today. The only sign of the injuries he suffered during his capture was a cast or bandage on his hand.

The hearing wasn’t scheduled until 3:30 p.m., but a line had already formed by early morning.

We were allowed in the courtroom early and so had time to work on background, which helped since the arraignment proper lasted less than ten minutes.To each count Tsarnaev responded, “not guilty”.

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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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One comment on “No Sign of Remorse at Tsarnaev Arraignment
  1. Karin says:

    Are you confident that this is really Dzhokhar Tsarnaev? It doesn’t resemble him *at all*.

    Please don’t misunderstand me; you do really fine work, and most of your subjects DO look like their portraits. I ask you this because *NONE* of the courtroom drawings made by *any* sketch artist even remotely resemble him.

    A CNN reporter described her surprise at how tall he was, claiming that he was “at least 6 feet, maybe a little taller”. (In fact, he only stands at 5’9″). Two reporters described his “thick Russian accent”. His friends claimed that he seemed like a different guy. (Of course, that could mean many things, but combined with the aforementioned anomalies, it’s got people questioning whether this man is actually in fact Dzhokhar). My concern is that he has already been killed off in custody.

    I know this may sound over the top, if you aren’t well versed in the case but there are many things to cause one to doubt the reliability of the State in this case: FBI agents falling out of helicopters, a friend of Tamerlan’s shot many times (including in the back) during questioning, changing stories, and blatant fabrications. It was also alleged that Dzhokhar fired upon police from the boat and tried to commit suicide by shooting himself in the neck, (all while he was unarmed and subject to a violent assault).

    I know for certain that he is innocent of the crimes that he is accused of. But that isn’t the issue here. I am just here to ask if you have an opinion on whether the man who appeared in that courtroom is the same man who we have seen in photographs. If you can shed any light on this matter, I would be most appreciative. Thanks very much.

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