All Aboooard . . . the Amtrak Limited

The Supreme Court today heard arguments testing the regulatory authority of Amtrak, a quasi-private for-profit company created by congress in 1970 to prop up passenger rail service. The tracks are owned by the rail-freight companies but Amtrak gets priority to keep its trains on time.

The case is Department of Transportation v. Association of American Railroads. You can read Lyle Denniston’s reporting on the argument here.

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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3 comments on “All Aboooard . . . the Amtrak Limited
  1. Anna says:

    I’m curious, have You ever personally met the Justices? What is their Opinion of your sketches of them? What Justice has the biggest sense of Humor?

    • Art Lien Art Lien says:

      Thanks for your comments, Anna. I actually have very little contact with the Justices. I’ve met a few at social events, but that’s about it. Otherwise I just observe them most of the time they’re on the bench. I think Kagan probably has the best sense of humor, though Scalia gets the most laughs. -Art

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