At the end of four days’ deliberations the jury in the Manafort trial in Alexandria returned a partial verdict of guilty on eight of the eighteen counts while remaining hung on the others. I decided ahead of time to just concentrate on Manafort as the verdict was announced and forgo a wider view of the courtroom. There was really no reaction I could see in Manafort or his wife, just the slightest nod on his way out of the courtroom. The one sketch I maybe should have done but didn’t, mainly because of the late hour, was of the two lines of lawyers, government and defense, shaking hands as they passed each other as at the end of a baseball game.

Below are sketches done as we waited for the verdict Monday and Tuesday.

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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4 comments on “Verdict
  1. Avatar Meera Rao says:

    Thank you for the sketches -I liked reading thru your writings and wonderful sketches to get my information about this trial !

  2. Avatar M. says:

    Wonderful work. I’d love to see a post about the supplies/set up you have in the courtroom.

  3. Avatar Jason Grimm says:

    Hi Art, I followed the link here from your Twitter. Your court room sketches are amazing. Some of the best I’ve seen! I noticed you had prints for sale but do you have any originals for sale?

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