During The Break

Tsarnaev150430Last Thursday, after lawyers in the Boston Marathon bombing trail spent over an hour meeting in chambers, Judge O’Toole announced that we had a sick juror and would recess till Monday.

I immediately made plans to secure a bicycle and take advantage of the opportunity to explore Boston, but it was not to be. I was called back to the courthouse for the arraignment of an ex-FBI charged with perjury in the Whitey Bulger trial.FitzpatrickOne consolation, a group of musicians started playing on the main floor of the courthouse. I did this sketch from above.bSketch150430_musicians

Finally done with the arraignment, I headed to the hotel anticipating a quiet evening, maybe dinner with a friend, before flying back to Baltimore the next morning. But no, instead I had to rush off to Newark for the guilty plea Friday morning of Gov. Christie ally – not Kirstie Alley – ┬áDavid Wildstein in the Bridgegate scandal.Wildstein Bridgegate Plea

Wildstein Bridgegate Plea

If it sounds like I’m complaining, I’m not. I really love this last minute stuff.



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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2 comments on “During The Break
  1. Avatar Mr 49% says:

    Chistie ally.

    If I ever see you on stage about to perform comedy…..then I’m gonna start drawing….and it’s just gonna get uglier.

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