Blog Archives

Tsarnaev’s Pals Arraigned

 The two friends of Boston marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev who removed a backpack and laptop from his dorm room after seeing his picture broadcast were arraigned in federal court Tuesday.Dias Kadyrbayev and Azamat Tazhayakov are charged with obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct. The entire proceedings took about five minutes, but fortunately there was time to get some sketches started before the defendants entered the courtroom. Tazhayakov’s family were seated in the front row with a toddler in tow who was exploring the strange surroundings. To calm the child down her mother began nursing. It was touching.

Posted in Courtroom Tagged with: , , ,

Jesse Jackson Jr Sentenced

 Jesse Jackson Jr plucked tissue after tissue from a box on the lectern as he wiped away tears while addressing the court at his sentencing yesterday.

 Jackson’s wife Sandra was also sentenced for her part in the theft of $750,000. in campaign funds.

Judge Amy B. Jackson sentenced Jesse to 30 months, and Sandra got 12. They’ll be allowed to serve their prison terms consecutively so that their children have a parent at home.

Posted in Courtroom Tagged with: ,

No Sign of Remorse at Tsarnaev Arraignment

 Boston Marathon bombing suspect slumped in his chair, smirked and generally seemed to display an attitude in court today. The only sign of the injuries he suffered during his capture was a cast or bandage on his hand.

The hearing wasn’t scheduled until 3:30 p.m., but a line had already formed by early morning.

We were allowed in the courtroom early and so had time to work on background, which helped since the arraignment proper lasted less than ten minutes.To each count Tsarnaev responded, “not guilty”.

Posted in Courtroom Tagged with: , , ,

A Day Trip to Philly

Reading Market, PhiladelphiaI got a last minute call to go to Philadelphia to sketch the sentencing of abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell – a case I have not followed and therefore am thankfully unable to comment on – so I hit the road at 5:00 a.m. Arriving early I had a few minutes to do the sketch above before the courthouse openned.

After waiting several hours in the courtroom, sketching some of the evidence collected from Dr. Gosnell’s, the sentencing itself was very brief. Abortion doctor Kermit Gosnell is sentenced in Philadelphia courtroom

Sketch from Kermit Gosnell sentencing

Abortion clinic furniture in courtroom

You can read about it here.

 

Posted in Courtroom Tagged with: ,

Robel Philipos, Dzokhar Tsarnaev’s Friend

Sketch of Boston marathon bomber's friend, Robel Philipos, in court

Robel Philipos, arrested last week and charged with making false statements, appeared before a federal magistrate in Boston. Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler allowed Philipos to go free on supervised bond. The above sketch shows Philipos with his lawyers and the magistrate as well as New York sketch and pleine-aire artist extraordinaire Jane Rosenberg in the right foreground.

Here are the rest of my sketches from today.

Tsarnaev's friend, Robel Philipos. with defense lawyers

Friend of Boston marathon bomber, Robel Philipos, led out of courtroom.

Friends of Robel Philipos in courtroom.

Funny story told to me by Jane: Philipos’ parents walked out of the courthouse with a young man not Robel, probably one of his friends pictured above. The cameras waiting outside assumed it was Robel and gave chase. Meanwhile, when the real Robel came to the front entrance accompanied by his lawyers the coast was clear. By the time the press caught on he was in the back seat of a car driving away.

Posted in Courtroom Tagged with: , , , ,

I Am Guilty, Your Honor

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017ee8a6cb83970d-pi

A sad day yesterday as a tearful Jesse Jackson Jr. pleaded guilty in a courtroom filled with friends and family, including his father, Jesse Jackson Sr.
6a00d8341cd0df53ef017d4132e444970c-pi

The Judge who accepted Jackson’s plea, Robert L. Wilkins, had, while a student at Harvard Law, supported the presidential campaign of Jesse Jackson Sr., and offered to recuse himself. Neither side thought that necessary.
6a00d8341cd0df53ef017d4132f58a970c-pi

Shown above, Jackson is at the lectern flanked by his lawyers. Supporters and family are in the background, while government prosecutors sit in the right foreground. 6a00d8341cd0df53ef017d4132f7cb970c-800wi

Jackson’s wife, and former Chicago alderman, Sandi Jackson also entered a plea for hiding income. She is shown here with her lawyer, former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Dan Webb.6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c3703a8ac970b-800wi

She too wept …
6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c3703ab05970b-800wi

Chicago Sun-Times story here.

 

 

Posted in Congress, Courtroom Tagged with: ,

Kiriakou Sentencing, CIA Leaker or Whistleblower?

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017d4072760d970c-800wi
To his defenders former CIA officer John Kiriakou is a whistleblower who revealed the use of torture on terror suspects, but the government says that when he leaked the identity of a covert agent he was motivated by ego and money, seeking to “raise his media profile”.
6a00d8341cd0df53ef017ee7e6c271970d-800wi

In a deal with prosecutors Espionage Act charges were dropped and Kiriakou became only the second person ever convicted under the Intelligence Identities Protection Act. Also part of the deal was a prison sentence of 30 months instead of the eight years he faced under sentencing guidelines.

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c364385f0970b-800wi
Supporters who signed a letter to President Obama asking that the sentence be commuted include NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake and Government Accountability Project director Jesselyn Radack who were seated in the courtroom today.

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c36438fdc970b-800wi

WaPo story here.

 

Posted in Courtroom Tagged with: , , ,

Sandusky Sentenced

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017d3ca3a599970c-pi
Here are my sketches from the sentencing of Jerry Sandusky in Bellefonte, Pa. Tuesday. A little late in posting them, but better late….

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017d3ca3aa15970c-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c327521d5970b-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c32752249970b-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017d3ca3ab7c970c-800wi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c3275235e970b-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017ee418efd5970d-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017ee418f032970d-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017ee418f0fa970d-pi

Sara Ganim’s story here.

 

Posted in Courtroom Tagged with: ,

Huguely Sentenced

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c31928994970b-pi

George Huguely V was yesterday sentenced to 23 years for the murder of his girlfriend Yeardley Love. Judge Hogshire reduced the jury’s recommendation of 26 years.
6a00d8341cd0df53ef0177447033b6970d-pi

Huguely stood up and spoke briefly addressing the Love family, “I hope and pray that you may find peace.”

Posted below are all the sketches, rough and finished, produced during the hearing.

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017744703991970d-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef01761789a8ce970c-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef01761789a990970c-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017744703c26970d-800wi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef01761789aae4970c-800wi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017c31929cb5970b-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef01761789abd2970c-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef01761789ac6d970c-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef017744703ead970d-pi

6a00d8341cd0df53ef01761789ad5f970c-pi

WaPo story here.

 

 

Posted in Courtroom Tagged with:

Texas Goes to Court Over Voter ID Law

6a00d8341cd0df53ef0176166d1e04970c-800wi
After the Justice Department refused to clear Texas’ new voter ID law, SB 14, the State went to court. These sketches are from yesterday, the final day of testimony.  6a00d8341cd0df53ef016768784814970b-800wi

The three judge panel will hear closing arguments today. Next stop, the Supreme Court.

Read about it here.

Posted in Appellate Courts, Courtroom Tagged with: , , ,
2013_Blawg100Honoree_300x300
TWITTER @courtartist

Blog Updates

Enter your name and email below to receive blog updates via email.