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.

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 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 
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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.

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