For more than four decades, artist Art Lien’s sketches have been a reliable window into the courtroom of the U.S. Supreme Court, where they sometimes captured the anger of a dissenting justice, the meaning in a justice’s jabot, or the passion of an advocate. Lien put aside his sketchbook and familiar opera glasses and retired at the end of this past term.
Lien has sketched courts since 1976, including such high-profile arraignments and trials for the Oklahoma City bomber, the Boston marathon bomber, Ronald Reagan shooter John Hinckley Jr., and Sept. 11 al-Qaida terrorist Zacharias Moussaoui. But the Supreme Court has been his regular beat almost exclusively since 1980 for NBC news and then for SCOTUSblog.
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