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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Howard Brodie. 1 Minute Prayer Silence in Court with Eisenhower's Death, March 28, 1969. Color crayon on white paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (021.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51002 © Estate of Howard Brodie
Gift of Howard Brodie

Sirhan Reacts Inappropriately

Born into an Arab Christian family in Jerusalem's West Bank, Sirhan Sirhan initially blamed Israel for his actions in assassinating New York Senator Robert F. Kennedy on June 5, 1968. Artist Howard Brodie captured his violent outbursts and strange reactions throughout the trial, including the moment when the court security personnel standing watch over him and his lawyer Grant Cooper bowed their heads in prayer at the news of former president Dwight D. Eisenhower's death. Brodie portrays Sirhan's nervous movements in an otherwise still room.