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Impeachment Trial Redux

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.

 

December SCOTUS Sketches

I’ve imagined cobwebs on the bench. Maybe sheets have been thrown over the Justices’ chairs to protect them from dust like in an old horror movie.

Darkness was everywhere, it smelled like a tomb
I was ready to leave, I was already walkin’
But the next time I looked, there was light in the 

We look forward to that day, probably the first Monday in October, when we are back in the courtroom. Meanwhile, the 2020 term goes on with lawyers making their arguments by telephone from dining room tables and law offices.

Cameron T. Norris for petitioner

Neal K. Katyal for petitioners

André Bélanger for petitioner

Elizabeth Murrill, Louisiana Solicitor General, for repondent.

Jonathan M. Freiman for petitioners

Sarah E. Harrington for respondents

Greg Silbert for petitioners

Nicholas M. O’Donnell for respondents

Professor Bryan Garner for respondents

Kannon Shanmugam for petitioner

Daniel L. Geyser for respondent

Aaron L. Nielson, Court-appointed amicus

Sketches From the November Session

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

 

A New Justice, A new Court

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.

October “Sitting” Sketches

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