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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

David Rose. The End of the "Pentagon Papers" Trial—May 11, 1973 Lasting over 4 1/2 Months with 25,000 Pages of Transcripts . . . , May 11, 1973. Porous point pen and graphite on illustration board. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (068.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51122 © Estate of David Rose
Gift of David Rose

Court Reporters Work Next to a Pile of Transcripts

"The first time I found out about the break-in," Daniel Ellsberg later said, "was when government prosecutors revealed it to the judge, and he told my lawyers." As evidence emerged indicating White House involvement in the break-in, grounds for a mistrial grew. On May 11, 1973, the judge granted the defense's motion for a mistrial citing government misconduct and dismissed all charges." As Judge Matthew Byrne declared a mistrial he said, "We may have been given only a glimpse of what this special unit did." The truth of his statement was confirmed as investigations into the Watergate break-in developed.