Senate page hands question to parliamentarian
The second impeachment trial of now former president Trump took but five days, four of which are documented in these few sketches. Access to the Senate gallery was restricted because of the COVID19 pandemic which meant that we were rotated in for about twenty minutes every couple hours or so. Nevertheless the staff of the Radio-TV gallery were incredibly helpful and accommodating as always. I just hope to never sketch another impeachment.
One third of GOP seats empty during House managers’ args
Sen. Hawley ( feet up? )
House manager Rep. Swalwell and Republican senators
Senators Burr ( no socks ) and Fischer
Empty public gallery
Senators Cassidy ( taking notes ) and Cruz
Lindsey Graham has first GOP question
GOP Senator Braun reading magazine during House managers’ closing argument.
Trump defense attorney Michael Van Der Veen and House manager Stacy Plaskett shortly before announcement of stipulation on witness.
Senators huddle following vote to allow witnesses.
With one third of the Supreme Court now comprised of Trump appointed justices there was fear that last Tuesday’s election might end up being decided by the justices. That now seems unlikely given the margins, much to the relief of the Court I imagine.
The Justices continue to hear arguments by telephone conference, though probably not on the receivers pictured above. Below are sketches done from photos arguing counsel were kind enough to send me.
Sarah M. Harris for petitioner
Sanjay Narayan for respondent
David M. Shapiro for petitioner
Mississippi Deputy Solicitor General Krissy C. Nobile
Kannon Shanmugam for petitioner
Neal Katyal for repondents
Lori Windham, with co-counsel Mark Rienzi, for petitioner
David Zimmer for petitioner
Patrick M. Jaicomo for respondent
Texas Solictor General Kyle D. Hawkins
California Solicitor General Michael J. Mongan
Halloween Banner / Justice Barrett
After a rushed and contentious partisan confirmation Justice Amy Coney Barrett will join the chief and associate justices to hear oral arguments tomorrow. And with the presidential election upon us there is a good chance we will soon have a sense of the new Court.
No justices were actually sitting in the courtroom on the first Monday of the October 2020 term, nor where any lawyers or the public. The Covid-19 pandemic has forced all of us to adapt to new conditions of social distancing. For the Supreme Court that has meant hearing arguments by conference call, with the bonus that the audio is live-streamed to the public. For me, while it’s great to listen to the arguments from the comfort of my studio, there’s not much to draw. At least there wasn’t until arguing counsel started sending me photos of their kitchen-table set-ups ( not really, at least not yet. But I’m hoping for a kitchen setting ). I’m enjoying the change after forty years of lawyers in suits arguing from the lectern.
From CUNY Law School, Ramzi Kassem argues for respondents
Deepak Gupta for respondent
Sean Marotta for petitioner
Stephen I. Vladeck for respondents
Kelsi B. Corkran for petitioner
Mark D. Standridge for respondents
Texas Solicitor General Kyle D. Hawkins
Nicholas J. Bronni, Arkansas Solicitor General petitioner
Craig Goldblatt for petitioner
Brian P. Goldman for petitioner