Author: 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.

Another Manafort Monday

Well, only one of these sketches is from today’s bail review hearing, the other two are from last Thursday.

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Manafort Monday

Word got out over the weekend that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation had yielded at least one indictment, and that an arrest and court appearance were imminent, so Monday morning the media descended on the DC federal courthouse. It wasn’t

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Two SCOTUS Arguments

Last Wednesday’s sketches of arguments in National Association of Manufacturers v. Department of Defense,    and Jesner v. Arab Bank, PLC.        

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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

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Senator Menendez Trial Begins

In Newark yesterday for opening statements in the bribery trial of senator Bob Menendez and co-defendant Salomon Melgen.

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Conclusion Of Penn State Frat Death Hearing

Magistrate District Judge Allen Sinclair yesterday dismissed most of the more serious charges against eighteen members of the Penn State Beta Theta Pi fraternity related to the hazing death of pledge Timothy Piazza. Fourteen still face trial on the remaining

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Continuing Beta Theta Pi Preliminary Hearing

Back in Bellefonte last week for two more days of preliminary hearing into the death of Penn State frat house pledge Timothy Piazza. Not an easy assignment. Not because of the challenge of drawing the ornate courtroom crowded with multiple

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June End Of Term Sketches

June is when the Supreme Court releases the last of its opinions in cases argued earlier during the term, especially the harder to decide cases. This term big news on the last day was about a case yet to be

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Gorsuch Investiture

My sketch of Justice Gorsuch’s investiture ceremony at the Supreme Court yesterday. President Trump and first lady Melania attended, seated between Justice Kennedy’s wife, Mary, and retired Justice Stevens (not shown). Also present but not shown in my sketch were

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The Last Hours Of Timothy Piazza

  A preliminary hearing began yesterday for members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Penn State charged in the death Timothy Piazza. Piazza was one of the pledges made to run a gantlet of drinking stations on the night

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