Category: History

Howard Brodie Remembered

  Howard Brodie, one of the greatest sketch artists ever, has passed away at age 94. He was generous, gentle and honest. I met Howard when I was trying to land a job with CBS News in Washington. He was

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Perspective Lesson

The New York Times’ Adam Liptak  looks at the ethical question faced by courtroom artists who take on private commissions in an article titled ‘Question of Perspective in Courtroom Paintings’ .  The article focuses on Todd Crespi ( shown above

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The Trend Toward Anonymous Juries

When former congressman William “Cold Cash” Jefferson stood trial in Alexandria last summer sketching the jury was not permitted.  Three decades earlier, at the bribery trial of congressman “Dapper” Dan Flood, the “jury-shot” was a standard among the images an

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Sotomayor Investiture

The sketch shows Justice Sotomayor being sworn in at today’s investiture ceremony. Attorney General Eric Holder and Solicitor General Elena Kagan are seated at the table. To the right is President Obama, and Vice-President Biden (I didn’t quite capture a

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Farewell Justice Souter

Monday was David Souter’s last day as a Supreme Court Justice, and this is last sketch of the bench as composed since Justice Alito was seated. Come Fall, in a bit of musical chairs, Justice Thomas will take the seat

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Cuomo Quick Sketch

Former New York Governor Mario Cuomo was in attendance today as the Supreme Court heard arguments in a long running asbestos settlement case. Johns-Manville, once the country’s largest asbestos mining and manufacturing corporation, went bankrupt in 1986 as it faced

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Ginsburg in Top Form

Just 18 days after undergoing major surgery Justice Ginsburg was smiling as she returned to the bench yesterday after the Supreme Court’s February break. She energetically questioned the attorneys arguing their case, at times rocking back and forth in her

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Remembering Tim Russert

Tim was my boss.  After a terrible personal tragedy just about exactly a year ago he was one of the first persons to come by my office, close the door, and offer some words of comfort. I admired him and

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‘Lashon Hara’ exception

Overcoming a traditional reluctance to tell a truth with bad intent, known as lashon hara,  the sin of gossip, in the Jewish community, two young men spoke out in a Baltimore courtroom Monday. As former bar mitzvah teacher Israel Shapiro

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There’s a name for it: zebibah

During the trial I blogged about the bruise on Moussaoui’s forehead resulting from his prostrations during prayer, but I couldn’t find the Arabic term for it. Well, it is called the zebibah and the NYT today has an article about

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