The Core of the Manafort Trial

Quite a week. Manafort’s former partner in crime, Rick Gates, was called to testify late Monday and remained in the hot seat through Wednesday morning. Then came the real meat of the case in sometimes tedious testimony from, an FBI forensic accountant, an IRS revenue agent, and several banking officers. And on Friday there was an unexplained delay possibly due to a jury issue. We don’t know the reason yet but the judge did go back to the jury area and spent a considerable amount of time in there.

The government is expected to rest on Monday after calling a couple of final witnesses. My sketches from week two are posted below more or less chronologically.


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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10 comments on “The Core of the Manafort Trial
  1. Avatar Connie says:

    Thank you

  2. Avatar Kenny says:

    Very impressive visuals. Nice work

  3. Avatar Steve Newland says:

    Noticed on the news coverage of the manafort trial you could not quite capture mr. Manafort just slightly looked like him

  4. Avatar Terry Barton says:

    MSNBC has your drawing of today’s Manafort courtroom proceeding. They are wonderful; full of color, life, and emotion.
    Thank you,
    Terry Barton

  5. Avatar Janet says:

    Wonderful work! As someone who is in a parallel business i appreciate your ‘light hand’! So excited to give this as a premiere X-mas gift. Keep up the good work.

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