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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Gary Myrick. [Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox on trial], 1985. Colored pencil on gray paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (076.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51126 © Gary Myrick
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An Attorney General Faces Trial

Jim Mattox, Texas attorney general from 1983 to 1991, sits on the right, facing trial on charges that he abused the power of his office. He was charged with commercial bribery when he let Wiley Caldwell of law firm Fulbright & Jaworski know that the state would not approve its tax-exempt bond practice unless the firm stopped trying to subpoena Mattox's sister in a case against Mobil Oil. After a five-week trial, on March 14, 1985, the jury found Mattox not guilty.