By Tom Gross
Former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon passed away a short time ago at the age of 85. He never recovered from the devastating stroke he suffered eight years ago, on January 4, 2006, five years after being elected prime minister...........Time magazine was one of many publications to slander Sharon, falsely claiming he ordered the 1982 the Sabra and Shatila massacre of Muslims by Christians in Beirut. Sharon successfully sued Time.
30 years ago in 1984, Aggie Kenny covered the Sharon trial that took place in Manhattan Federal Court. Below are select illustrations of the trial from beginning to verdict with news stories.
By ARNOLD H. LUBASCH
Published: November 14, 1984
A $50 million libel trial pitting one of Israel's most powerful leaders, Ariel Sharon, against the communications conglomerate that publishes Time magazine opened yesterday in
The trial, under way in Federal District Court, focuses on Mr. Sharon's contention that a Time article falsely portrayed him as instigating the 1982 massacres of Palestinian civilians by Phalangist militiamen at two refugee camps on the outskirts of Beirut.
|"In the front row of the small, crowded courtroom, the 56-year-old Mr. Sharon sat with his arms folded across his chest as Judge Abraham D. Sofaer described the libel case to the jury"|
Artwork by Aggie Kenny
Kenny recalls "Ariel Sharon appeared a dominate presence in court from his first entrance to his successful verdict. His demeanor throughout was certainly that of a commanding officer. This was especially true when he took the stand in his own defense, answering questions with assurance, taking the lead in his descriptions of events. As shown in my illustration below"
By ARNOLD H. LUBASCH
Published: November 15, 1984
Kenny recalls waiting for the verdict in a frigid, cavernous courtroom. The jury deliberations lasted the over a weekend in January and the courthouse had no heat. So many wore scarves and coats. Yet Sharon was not dismayed, he showed a more affable side, chatting with reporters and artists as if hosting an intimate party, his charming wife Lili by his side.
|Court Artist Richard Tomlinson with scarf during jury deliberations 1/21/1985|
|Ariel Sharon awaiting verdict|