Wednesday, August 20, 2014

CRUDE AWAKENING by Michael Goldhaber: Inside Chevron's Discovery Campaign in Ecuador

Inside Chevron's Discovery Campaign in Ecuador: 

CRUDE AWAKENING by Michael Goldhaber

Artwork by Elizabeth Williams

Michael D. Goldhaber, The American Lawyer

August 20, 2014
In 2009, Chevron Corporation was on a path to losing a $9.5 billion judgment in an Amazon courtroom for oil pollution in Ecuador. What the plaintiffs saw as the world's greatest environmental trial, the company perceived as the world's greatest litigation fraud. Either way, it evolved into the world's most intensive dispute. To expose the truth about the Amazon trial—and to neutralize the Ecuadoreans' indomitable lawyer Steven Donziger—Chevron would eventually hire more than 2,000 professionals from 60 law firms.
Paul Dans was far from the most illustrious. Sure, he had the credentials—two degrees from MIT, years of training as an associate at Dewey & LeBoeuf and Debevoise & Plimpton. But when the music stopped in 2009, Dans was passed over for partnership at a less lofty firm, and he found himself calling old contacts for contract work. He got a call from Miami's two-partner Rivero Mestre, which represented one of the in-house Chevron lawyers indicted by Ecuador. They wanted a fresh pair of eyes on the case file. In the early summer of 2009 they offered Dans $85 an hour—less than 5 percent of the rate of the top biller at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, which has led Chevron's U.S. counter-strategy. Dans said no. At summer's end his recruiters came up to $100 an hour, and Dans relented.
Chevron regards the Amazon case as a blood libel, and it is willing to spend what it takes to clear its name. By The American Lawyer's estimate, America's third-largest company has spent more than half a billion dollars on litigation costs, which is likely a record for a single dispute. Yet to catch a renegade like Donziger, who worked at his kitchen table in a two-bedroom condo on New York's Upper West Side, it took another lawyer off the midtown grid, who often worked at his kitchen table in a two-bedroom rental two blocks away. Dans started tugging on the right thread, and Gibson Dunn kept tugging. By the time Chevron and Gibson were done with their ingenious discovery campaign, Donziger would be stripped virtually naked.

Link
http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202664266042/Inside-Chevrons-Discovery-Campaign-in-Ecuador?slreturn=20140720094857



Monday, August 18, 2014

Terror Expert Testifies In Case Against Arab Bank of Beirut « CBS New York



From the NY Times 
http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/08/18/new-york-today-a-terrorism-trial-in-brooklyn/
In a courtroom in
Brooklyn today, jurors heard witnesses describe violence that took
place thousands of miles away, more than a decade ago:
Two suicide bombings in Israel, outside a Tel Aviv disco in 2001 and on a bus in Jerusalem in 2003.
Artwork below by Elizabeth Williams
( click on an image to see it larger)


Terrorist expert Evan Kohlmann testifies in Brooklyn Federal Court, questioned by plaintiff attorney Michael Elsner

First witness, deceased Steve Averbach testifies in a taped  testimony about the bombing of the bus by a suicide bomber, that left him paralyzed  His last line of testimony was" and then he detonated himself"

From American Lawyer: Litigation Daily 
by Michael Goldhaber
author of upcoming book on Chevron v Donzinger case, Crude Awakening, 
on Amazon http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00MR1SKWA


'Sheikh Ahmed Yassin loomed over a Brooklyn courtroom last week like the Dark Sith Lord of the Middle East. Jurors stared at a grainy blow-up of the Hamas founder's glowering face, four feet high and about that far from the jury box, his full, wrinkled beard and eyebrows framing a fixed frown and pouchy eyes.
It was the opening of the world's first terror finance trialLinde v. Arab Bank. Over the next two months, jurors from East New York, Crown Heights and Canarsie will get to pass judgment on events that happened half a generation ago in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Ramallah. The man who would sway them is America's king of rollover vehicle verdicts, Tab Turner, originally of Arkadelphia, Ark.
As the trial kicked off on Thursday, Turner brought the 11 Brooklyn jurors back to a crisp sunny morning more than 13 years ago, a third of the way around the globe. On March 28, 2001, a Hamas suicide bomber walked down the street from his home and blew up two school children and injured four others—including a teenage boy from Long Island who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time—at a gas station near the Israeli town of Kfar Saba.
Turner turned toward the defense table and declared: "The fuel for this man's organization is sitting right across the room—Arab Bank." He told the jury that Jordan's dominant financial institution, which has a Manhattan branch, provided banking services for Hamas. And much of the money that Arab Bank processed to organize these attacks, he said, "flowed right down the middle of Madison Avenue." Turner promised to prove it all. "What we have been able to assemble," he said, "is devastating."
The man who assembled much of the proof, and hired Turner to present it, is a shy misplaced historian named Gary Osen. Osen finished his dual degrees in law and history at George Washington University in 1993. He wrote his masters thesis on America's undeclared naval warfare of 1940, and he was the first to unearth Franklin Roosevelt's shoot-on-sight orders. "I like to be the first to see documents," he says.
On the day after the attacks of Sept 11, 2001, Osen learned of a New Jersey neighbor whose husband was killed at the World Trade Center and needed legal advice. Osen was already an expert on historical reparations for Holocaust victims—a passion developed with his father Max, who fled Germany as a Jewish child in 1937 and returned as an American liberator in 1945.
As Osen researched Saudi financing of al Qaeda, he became increasingly convinced that there were cases to be brought related to the financing of Hamas and the ongoing Palestinian intifada. In April 2002, the Saudi Committee for the Support of the Intifada al Quds held a telethon to raise money (which it says was strictly humanitarian). The same month, in the wake of a bombing that killed 30 at the Park Hotel in Netanya, the Israeli military captured records in the West Bank that allegedly linked Arab Bank with Hamas. "I kept wondering: How does that actually work?" says Osen. "How does the bank know who to pay?"
In summer 2004, Osen gathered several U.S. victims of the intifada and filed the first case against Arab Bank under the U.S. Anti-Terrorism Act. The law held several advantages over the better-known Alien Tort Statute, which was then in vogue among international human rights lawyers. The ATA offered treble damages and attorneys' fees, and Osen perceived helpful language in its text on material support, knowledge, and causation (just how helpful remains to be seen). And because the antiterror statute was expressly designed for U.S. plaintiffs who are hurt overseas, it sidesteps any litigation over the extraterritorial application of U.S. laws—the issue that virtually killed the corporate alien tort at the U.S. Supreme Court last year in Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum
Pursuing the more direct but less fashionable route, Osen has come to spearhead four of the seven Anti-Terrorism Act cases known to be active in the U.S. courts. [See chart: The Terror Docket.] In the Arab Bank case, and in litigation against Chiquita Brands International Inc., the alien tort plaintiffs have been sidelined after Kiobel, leaving Osen to occupy the field. Whether through luck or wisdom, he has avoided a generation-long blind alley. 
The Anti-Terrorism Act is alive. Linde v. Arab Bank will show whether it's a viable way to hold alleged funders of terror accountable.
As openings continued in Brooklyn beside the giant poster of Sheikh Yassin, Osen cocounsel Mark Werbner proclaimed: "Money is the oxygen that feeds this kind of terrorism." According to Michael Elsner, who delivered the plaintiffs' third presentation on Thursday, the Saudi Committee funneled $35 million through Arab Bank to casualties or prisoners of the intifada—including $5,300 to the family of each "martyr." (Arab Bank says that included any Palestinian killed in the intifada, and not just suicide bombers.)
Elsner told the jury his team would prove payments to the families of 24 suicide bombers' and about 150 operatives. Werbner promised to show transfers of $2.5 million to 11 designated terrorists. As a preview, Elsner flashed on the courtroom screens a bank record showing a $5,300 payment from the Saudi committee to the father of Sa'id al-Hutari, who killed 21 youths waiting outside a disco in the Dolphinarium district of Tel Aviv on June 1, 2001. Turner showed a $60,000 payment to Sheikh Yassin, processed by Arab Bank two days earlier.
"What did the bank know and when did they know it?" asked Werbner. He said an Arab Bank witness would testify that he never noticed a notation marked on a bank record—Amaliya Istishhadiya—meaning "suicide bomber." Another Arab Bank witness, Elsner said, would testify that he didn't look at a column on a wire transfer listing the deceased's cause of death as suicide bombing.Amaliya Istishhadiya, Werbner kept intoning. "They knew full well," said Tab Turner.
Hamas hosted hero's funerals for suicide bombers, sometimes hung celebratory posters outside Arab Bank branches, and held parades down Main Street near Arab Bank branches, the plaintiffs' lawyers claimed. Arab Bank briefly required employees to donate 5 percent of their salaries to support the intifada, they added. In the bank's 2003 annual report, then-chair Abdul Majid Shoman used language that, to Werbner, smacked of a "political military manifesto." Shoman told shareholders: "Our operations in Palestine suffered from harsh conditions due to the continued violence and injustices of the occupying enemy." (Arab Bank says Shoman was speaking of the Israeli military, not civilians.)
The Saudi Committee would literally run ads in the top Palestinian newspapers directing the families of listed martyrs to go to the nearest Arab Bank branch to receive their payments, Elsner said. In February 2002, Al Hayat ran a near-full page ad requesting that "the relatives of the martyrs, whose name hereby follow...head for the Arab Bank branches in their places of residence in order to receive the tenth payment from the honorable Saudi Committee—a sum of 5,316.06 USD for each family." Amaliya Istishhadiya, Werbner kept intoning. "They knew full well," said Tab Turner.
Shand Stevens of DLA Piper opened for Arab Bank with a photo of the bank's Amman headquarters. But because a bank is "really made of people," and not of glass, concrete, and steel, he spent more time on a slide of 15 Arab men in suits—speaking of the bank's executives with a tone of pride and affection.
Arab Bank's leaders have been victims of terror themselves, Stevens said. Former Lebanese prime minister Rafic Hariri, whose family remains the bank's largest investor, was assassinated in 2005. The brother of current Arab Bank chairman Sabih Al-Masri was assassinated in 1985, allegedly because he cooperated with Israel while serving as mayor of Nablus. Al-Masri also suffered a bombing at his Saudi residential compound and at the Grand Hyatt hotel he owns in Amman. The bank's head in the Palestinian territories, Shukry Bishara, ate at a Sbarro pizzeria that was bombed. Bishara's daughters attended a Lycée Francais steps away from another bombing.
Shand Stevens flashed on the screen the iconic photo of Bill Clinton, Yitzchak Rabin and Yassir Arafat from the Oslo peace accord of 1994. That was the moment when Arab Bank returned to the Palestinian territories. Bishara returned personally, Stevens said, because "he thought it was a great thing both for Arab Bank and actually for the peace process." After all, Stevens said, Arab Bank is helping to ensure that there is a viable local economy to build on when peace finally comes.
(Osen responded in an interview: "This lawsuit is not intended, nor will it undermine, economic development in the Palestinian territories. This lawsuit is not about politics. We stand for the proposition that deliberately targeting civilians is simply never justified.")
Stevens spent the lion's share of his 90 minutes arguing that Arab Bank did exactly what it was supposed to do as a bank. He explained how the U.S. State Department, Treasury Department, and White House compose lists of designated terrorists that are pooled to form the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) watch list. "In short," he said, "it's the government who decides who the criminals are." You take the list, put it in the computer, and then rely on that to make sure you're not financing terrorists, he said. "This is the way, by the way, that banking works."
Then Stevens stepped in a no-go zone. "There's no evidence a single penny was spent on terror," he told the jury. U.S. District Judge Brian Cogan struck the statement from the record. "There are rulings," said the judge sternly.
Cogan was referring to sanctions issued in 2010 by his predecessor on the case, Nina Gershon—a huge pretrial victory for the plaintiffs that Arab Bank has failed for four years to overturn. Because Gershon found that Arab Bank did not cooperate in discovery of its Middle Eastern bank records, she ruled that the jury will be permitted to infer that Arab Bank served terrorists knowingly—and Arab Bank is precluded from claiming that it did not.
Arab Bank has protested that the sanctions virtually doom it to a show trial. "In practical effect, [these sanctions] go a long way toward directing a liability verdict against the bank," its lawyers complained in objecting motions. "The jury, likely to be emotionally charged by descriptions of heinous acts...will be allowed (in practice, encouraged) to infer that the Bank had the [needed] intent." Such "draconian sanctions," the bank asserted, "effectively invite the jury to find liability."
Legally, the bank argued that the sanctions offended comity and due process, and forced it into the Hobson's choice of violating U.S. discovery rules or Middle Eastern privacy laws. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit declined to review the question before trial. The U.S. solicitor general showed sympathy but recommended that the Supreme Court take a pass for now, which it did when the justices denied Arab Bank's cert petition in June.
Paradoxically, Arab Bank's straitjacket may have given it the guts to go through with this trial because it believes its prospects on appeal are outstanding. Based on recent Supreme Court cases in other contexts, DLA argues that the Anti-Terrorism Act requires a showing that the injury would not have occurred "but for" the defendant's acts. Osen argues that he will prevail under the Second Circuit's precedent, which he believes requires only that the defendant's acts be a "substantial factor" in the chain of causation, and that the injury be foreseeable. Judge Cogan has deferred the question. In any event, the bank sees the jury presumptions as its appellate ace in the hole. Osen professes to be unworried. He's safe, he says, so long as the jury has ample grounds to conclude that the bank knowingly served terrorists based on what the plaintiffs have shown.
In the here and now, neither side is punting the trial, which resumes Monday.
Arab Bank's defense is well summarized by U.S. District Judge Jack Weinstein's logic in dismissing a companion case in 2012: "Hamas is not the defendant; the bank is. And the evidence does not prove that the bank acted with an improper state of mind…."
Of 12 alleged Hamas charities, Stevens argued on Thursday, none was designated as a terror group when Arab Bank did business with them. According to Stevens, another set of Arab Bank customers alleged to be senior Hamas leaders contained no one designated as a terrorist by the U.S., E.U., or U.N. The Saudi Committee has never been listed, he said, and none of the 73 Saudi Committee payments routed through New York went to a designated terrorist. Of 97 questioned customers for which Arab Bank processed payments in New York, only three were on the designated list, notably Sheikh Yassin. Of 16 alleged Hamas leaders who did business with Arab Bank, none was ever listed on the E.U. or U.N. terror lists. And only two were eventually listed by the U.S., again including Sheikh Yassin.
To Osen and company, the fact that official diplomats usually lack the nerve or knowledge to call a terrorist a terrorist is not a defense. On the contrary, it's the raison d'être for private terror litigation, which has sometimes been called plaintiffs' diplomacy. But Arab Bank maintains it followed the regulations. The handful of exceptions, it says, flowed from innocent mistakes—or tragicomic misspellings.
When Arab Bank processed a $60,000 payment to Yassin two days before the Dolphinarium bombing, Arab Bank's OFAC-filtering software cleared the transaction. Why? Because Sheikh Ahmed Yassin had a name that can be misspelled in myriad ways. Shand Stevens displayed a slide showing eight variant spellings of Yassin by the plaintiffs' own experts. The bank transfer had him as Ahmad Ismail Yasine. In 1995 OFAC had him as Shaykh Ahmad Yasin. In 2003 OFAC had him as Sheik Ahmed Yassin. One gets the sense that Mouamar Qadaffi (Muamar Kaddafi?) could have used the U.S. Mint as terror HQ without getting caught. 
Anyone who stares at Sheikh Yassin's face may be able to sense evil. But his name sounded harmless to a dumb computer circa 2001. Arab Bank says that's good enough. Will a Brooklyn jury demand more? 

Read more: http://www.litigationdaily.com/id=1202667090912/The-Global-Lawyer-Hamas-on-Trial#ixzz3AkxTFMVC







Friday, August 1, 2014

ARGENTINA BONDS HEARING: August 1st 2014

 Today in Manhattan Federal Court, Judge Thomas Grisea made clear his opinion about the recent default of Argentina.  "What occurred this week did not extinguish or reduce the obligations of the Republic of Argentina," Griesa said.  The federal judge said both parties had an "obligation" to continue cooperating with court-appointed mediator Daniel Pollack.
 More on this story
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/08/01/us-argentina-debt-idUSKBN0G13Z720140801
Federal Court Judge Thomas Grisea

Lead lawyer for Argentina Jonathan Blackman at podium with Jay  Newman, bond dept holder in audience. Also seated is attorney Karen Wagner from Davis Polk.
Artwork by Elizabeth Williams

Thursday, July 17, 2014

PUMP & DUMP Scheme Arraignment in Brooklyn Federal

From CNBC
Authorities unveiled criminal charges Thursday accusing seven people, including a banking executive once married to a star of "The Sopranos," of running a $300 million stock manipulation scheme that cheated elderly and other investors. Abraxas "A.J." Discala — the CEO of merchant banking firm OmniView Capital Advisors and former husband of Jamie-Lynn Sigler, who played Meadow Soprano on the hit HBO series — was charged in an indictment unsealed in Brooklyn, New York, with 10 criminal counts including securities fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy. Discala, 43, and the other defendants were accused of using "pump-and-dump" and other illegal tactics to artificially control prices and trade volumes in four companies from October 2012 to July 2014.

Only 3 of the defendants appeared today in Brooklyn Federal Court: Ira Shapiro, Victor Azrak, and Craig Josephberg. All defendants were given bail and were released. Judge Robert Levy presided over the arraignments. Turns out the Judge knows my work from the 1987 Billie Boggs case, he was Bogg's attorney and I covered that case.


Attorneys Eliot Sagor, Gregory Morvillo and their clients defendants Victor Azrak and Craig Josephberg

Judge Robert Levy

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Donald Sterling and wife, Rochelle on stand by Bill Robles

Bill Robles drew both Sterlings on the stand in a Los Angeles courtroom last week.
He not only drew them, but spoke with them.

Billl Robles quote :

My cousin Eddie Turbay went to grammar school, Jr. high school, and high school with the Sterlings.
In brief chats, I asked both Sterlings if they remembered Eddie, and they both had fond memories of him.
 
 
Donald Sterling on the stand by Bill Robles

 
Rochell Sterling on the stand by Bill Robles


Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Donald Sterling and Wife in Court by Bill Robles

 Clipper owner Donald Sterling  in court in his attempt to save his stake in his NBA Team.
art, observation and story below.

 Bill Robles observations:
Donald Sterling,Tuesday July 8 this afternoon, just before taking the witness stand, in his trial. His wife is sitting across the aisle on the opposing side. He was most interesting, funny, and I think dominated the courtroom. Also Bill found out that his cousin went to grammar school with Sterling, it is a small world!

 





From SB Nation
Donald Sterling, the ousted 80-year-old majority owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, is nothing if not memorable. After a fiasco involving a racist tirade caught on tape, his lifetime ban from the NBA, and the sale of his team to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Sterling has taken his wife Shelly to court in a last-ditch effort to save his stake in the $2 billion franchise. On Tuesday, Sterling testified in front of the courtroom and things quickly spiraled out of control.
Several notable reporters were in Los Angeles to cover the trial, including ESPN's Ramona Shelburne and Arash Markazi, the L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke and Nathan Fenno and the Orange County Register's Dan Woike. Sterling's cross-examination by veteran barrister Bert Fields was the main show of the evening, which got weirder and weirder as the day wore on.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Rengan Rajaratnam, brother of Raj Rajaratnam, found not guilty

From the Wall Street Journal
Federal prosecutors suffered the first defeat in their half-decade-long crackdown on insider trading Tuesday with the acquittal of Raj Rajaratnam's younger brother, a bracing reversal after a string of 81 convictions.
The loss in some ways represented prosecutors' efforts coming full-circle: The original investigation into Rengan Rajaratnam's trading years ago kick-started a probe into his older sibling that ultimately uncovered a network of hedge-fund managers and analysts sharing confidential tips and produced convictions that shook Wall Street.

Rengan Rajaratnam far left with his defense team, Judge Naomi Buchwald presiding
It took a federal jury less than four hours to find Rengan Rajaratnam, 43 years old, not guilty of taking part in that conspiracy. The acquittal followed a rebuke of parts of the government's case by the judge who presided over the three-week trial, and comes as an appeals court is weighing a decision in a separate case that could raise the bar for prosecutors pursuing such crimes.

Friday, July 4, 2014

Drawn Downtown: Happy 4th of July

from Lower Manhattan!!


note: click on link above for more information about the mural
and click on the image to see it larger

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Argentina Bond Plan Violates Judge's Order

Argentine Bond Swap Plan Violates U.S. Orders, Judge Says 

by Bob Van Voris/Bloomberg News 

Judge Thomas Grisea during Argentina Bonds Hearing June 18, 2014




Today in a packed courtroom on the 26th floor of the Manhattan Federal Courthouse lawyers collided over the issue of the payment of debt by Argentina to various bondholders. The US Supreme Court refusing to hear the case, put the issue back into the court of Judge Thomas Grisea.  More on the story from Bloomberg News' Bob Van Voris.

Story Link:
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-06-18/argentine-bond-swap-plan-violates-u-s-orders-judge-says.html

 Griesa ordered Argentina to pay the holdout bondholders if it seeks to pay its restructured debt. His rulings remained in force as the U.S. Supreme Court this week refused to hear Argentina’s appeal.
“Negotiation is fine,” Griesa said. “As a judge, what I want is a legal mechanism to prevent another situation where the republic can simply laugh off another judgment.”
Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner said this week that complying with the ruling was impossible.
“The president’s speech is a problem,” Griesa said. It “really does not give me confidence in a good-faith commitment to pay all the obligations of the republic.”

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Front-row seats: Courtroom art by BBC's Peter Bowes

 BBC's Peter Bowes writes an insightful and 
extensive article about the recently published book
The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art 
 Link below:

http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20140610-front-row-seats-courtroom-art




Michael Jackson (Bill Robles)
Michael Jackson (Bill Robles)
A new collection of works by five of America's best-known courtroom artists showcases a unique art form. Peter Bowes takes a closer look.

Friday, June 6, 2014

AMERICAN LAWYER REVIEW: Legal Artistry: Courthouse Drama Drawn in Real Time

 

Legal Artistry: 

Courthouse Drama Drawn in Real Time

, The American Lawyer   


The U.S. Supreme Court famously remains a holdout against cameras in the courtroom, and so do most other federal courts. This may be hard to defend as a matter of policy, but it has preserved a space for the unsung art of courtroom illustrators.
Published in May by CUNY Journalism Press, "The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art," by artist Elizabeth Williams and crime writer Sue Russell, is a raucous celebration of five practitioners of this endangered workaday art. The moments captured here include everything, as one artist put it, "from celebrities, spies, terrorists, corporate corruption, political scandals, killers, mass murderers, celebrity custody hearings, to sex scandals, child molestation cases and military court martials." It's lucky the publisher was dissuaded from making this a children's book, as originally intended.
Court artists rival war correspondents as raconteurs, and grabbing details lurk on every page. Music fans may be stunned to hear that Black Panther Afeni Shakur was eight months pregnant with Tupac Shakur when acquitted of attempted murder. Anyone who has gone through the security checkpoints of today's courthouses will be bemused to learn that the Manson family members were permitted to carry long hunting knives into court so long as they were not concealed.
Here is a perfect match of artists and subjects: Elizabeth Williams on Martha Stewart and dapper John Gotti, Howard Brodie on Jack Ruby and the Watergate plumbers, Aggie Kenny on Jackie O. and Oliver North, Bill Robles on O.J. Simpson and Richard Tomlinson capturing a young David Boies.
Lawyers who treasure beauty should root for the Luddites in the courtroom camera debate. Court TV has been called many things, but it's never been called art.

Read more: http://www.americanlawyer.com/id=1202656369813/Legal-Artistry%3A-Courthouse-Drama-Drawn-in-Real-Time#ixzz33rYwB5Oc


Thursday, May 29, 2014

DAILY BEAST FEATURES Celebrities in Court: 50 Years of Courtroom Illustrations


Article by Justin Jones of the Daily Beast
http://thebea.st/1nWVKvH

From Charles Manson to O.J, Michael Jackson to the Son of Sam, the drawings of courtroom artists capture the most dramatic, and sometimes the most moving and fleeting, images of the biggest trials of modern times.
In 1970, Charles Manson was tried in a Los Angeles courtroom for the murder of actress Sharon Tate, then eight months pregnant, and six other women. With no photographers allowed, the public relied on the words of reporters, describing the gruesome details and decisions held within the sanctified walls. For the really theatrical moments, however, the action was conveyed in illustrations by a group of courtroom artists capturing the drama the world may have never seen.

GALLERY LINK:


Charles Manson, 1970
Charles Manson holding up the LA Times that almost caused a mistrial by Bill Robles 1970

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Sunday, May 25, 2014

HONORING MEMORIAL DAY: 4 Artists' Visions

Memorial Day is so much more than the backyard barbeque. It is a day when we honor those who have served our county. Below are images from the artists in the Illustrated Courtroom book, who
over the years have drawn various MOS:  Military, FDNY, NYPD.

 Howard Brodie drew countless war scenes for Yank Magazine and served in WW2. 
Many of his war drawings are in the Library of Congress.
Howard was also the subject of a great documentary about war artists titled They Drew Fire.
Below is a link about Howard and the PBS film.



Howard Brodie drawing of Guadalcanal  from the Library of Congress




Aggie Kenny drew 9/11 Responders searching for victims at Ground Zero in the months after the attack on the World Trade Centers. Her artwork was shown at the New York City Police Museum, and traveled to the US Senate Russell Building in Washington DC. 
Below is an article about her and her work in the Wall Street Journal







9/11 Responders drawn by Aggie Kenny: Firemen awaiting one of their fallen comrades 3/25/02




Bill Robles painted this illustration of the NYPD and other responders rescuing in the passengers and crew of US Airways flight 1549 that landed miraculously into the Hudson River on a frigid January day.  This illustration was shown at the New York City Police Museum, 
as part of a show titled The Police in Our Community

The rescue of Flight 1549 in the Hudson River in January 2009

YouTube video link of the audio tapes released  
We're Gonna Be In The Hudson


Elizabeth Williams drew a series of illustrations about the NYPD 
for the New York City Police Museum. Sample below:
Scenes14
Night watch on Broad Street, after 9/11