SCOTUS Is Back

With the first Monday in October the Supreme Court began a new term, now with a full bench.

I missed Monday’s sitting because I was instead sent to sketch opening statements in the trial of accused Benghazi mastermind Ahmed Abu Khatallah. But the first big argument, a gerrymandering case concerning Wisconsin’s electoral district map, came on Tuesday.

 

Arnold Schwarzenegger even showed up for the gerrymandering argument !

 

Wednesday’s first argument, District of Columbia v. Wesby, was about whether police had probable cause to arrest partygoers using a vacant home. The house party in question, organized by someone named Peaches, was described as “raucous” and included “stripping, drinking, and marijuana smoking.”

 

The facts behind the case made for an entertaining argument. We even learned a little bit about Justice Kagan’s younger days.

Justice Kagan: . . .there are these parties that, once long ago, I used to be invited to -­ where you didn’t -­ don’t know the host, but you know Joe is having a party. And can I say that long, long ago, marijuana was maybe present at those parties?

Art Lien
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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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