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That Magnificent Man In His Flying Machine

When I was a kid I loved to draw flying machines – submarines too – just like the gyrocopter – also called autogyro or gyroplane – that Florida mailman Doug Hughes landed on the west lawn of the Capitol on Wednesday. His flight in the ultralight contraption from Gettysburg to Washington, DC to deliver 535 stamped letters to the members of congress calling for campaign finance reform has inspired tweets calling him a hero.

A slender 61-year old, Hughes appeared before magistrate judge Deborah Robinson in the U.S. Postal uniform he wore for the flight. He wore earphones in the courtroom – usually provided when an interpreter is needed – possibly because of hearing loss after flying two hours with a lawnmower motor strapped to his back. At one point he attempted to speak directly to judge Robinson, but was told to let his lawyer do the talking.

After promising to return to court on May 8, Hughes was allowed to return home to Florida where he will be on home detention.



Tsarnaev Guilty On All Thirty Counts

Tsarnaev150408I think it took close to thirty minutes for the court clerk to read all 99 answers on the thirty count verdict form. Enough time for two sketches, though done from a low resolution video monitor in the overflow courtroom since seating in the actual courtroom would have provided only a view of Tsarnaev from the back. Very frustrating.Tsarnaev150408Tsarnaev showed no emotion as the verdict was read. Most of the time he looked down at some papers, occasionally he shifted awkwardly bringing a hand up to his face or slipping it in his pocket for an instant. He has a strange way of movement, especially when he comes into the courtroom, swinging his shoulders up and down, side to side. I guess you’d say he was strutting.Tsarnaev150408


Three Faces Of Dzhokhar

Tsarnaev150330We only see Tsarnaev from the back when seated in the courtroom, so I did these sketches from the video monitors in the overflow room.

Tsarnaev150330I’ll probably do this same thing when the verdict is announced in order to capture his reaction, or lack of it.



Deliberations On Tsarnaev’s Guilt Begin

Tsarnaev SketchWith the outcome all but certain the prosecution in the Boston Marathon bombing trial was noticeably relaxed in the courtroom this morning before the jury assembled to begin deliberations.Tsarnaev150407There wasn’t a whole lot to do but wait.¬†Tsarnaev sketchA US marshal, we’ll call him Steve, stood near two large Ellsworth Kelly paintings guarding the entrance to courtroom 9. And I had a chance to finish a little sketch I started on St. Patrick’s day.Tsarnaev sketch

Tsarnaev Closing Argument Sketches

Tsarnaev150406Prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty gave a powerful closing argument today as the case against Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev goes to the jury after weeks of testimony.Tsarnaev150406

Tsarnaev150406The defense did the best they could, admitting that Dzhokhar planted the bomb at the marathon finish line while shifting most of the blame to his older brother, Tamerlan. But their strategy to save Dzhokhar’s life won’t fully come into play until the case moves into the death-penalty phase.Tsarnaev150406