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.

This Week’s SCOTUS Sketches

The Supreme Court heard arguments in four cases this week ( Monday was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day ), three of which I sketched. Tuesday’s argument in Dalmazzi v. United States was a fairly esoteric, at least to me, discussion

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Ohio Voter Roll Purge

Here are three sketches from yesterday’s argument in Husted v. A.Philip Randolph Institute on whether the method Ohio uses to purge its voter registration list violates the federal motor voter law.

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Fourth Amendment Day

The justices heard arguments today in two cases arising from warrantless searches. The first, Byrd v. United States, looks at whether an unapproved driver of a rental car has a reasonable expectation of privacy. The second case, Collins v. Virginia, brings

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Original Jurisdiction Day

Despite the frigid temperature this morning people lined up for a seat to hear arguments involving water rights. The Supreme Court acts as a kind of trial court for disputes between the States in what are called original jurisdiction cases because

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2017’s Leftover SCOTUS Sketches

Don’t know why I never posted this SCOTUSblog Halloween sketch. It’s a good one I think. Another banner I neglected to post was inspired by the sports betting case, Christie v. NCAA. I also failed to post the sketches from the

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This Week’s SCOTUS Sketches

Monday was patent day at the Supreme Court with arguments in two cases, Oil States Energy Services v. Greene’s Energy Group and SAS Institute Inc. v. Matal, related to a provision of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act aimed at keeping patent troll lawsuits

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Benghazi Trial Goes To The Jury

A DC jury is to begin deliberations Monday after seven weeks of hearing evidence and arguments in the trial of accused Benghazi master mind Ahmed Abu Khattala. He faces 18 charges including murder and conspiracy for the September 2012 attack

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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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