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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Joseph Papin. Various Motions Argued, from left Bonner, Mitchel [sic], Sprizzo, Fleming, D.A. Wing in Front, 1974. India ink on white paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (075.00.00)
Gift of Jane Papin

John Mitchell is Relaxed While Court Clamors

Courtroom artist Joseph Papin captures the movement of the lawyers arguing motions before Judge Lee P. Gagliardi during the corruption trial, United States v. John Mitchell et al. Walter Bonner, standing to Mitchell's left, was Maurice Stans's attorney, while John E. Sprizzo and Peter E. Fleming, Jr., John Mitchell's attorneys, stand to his right. The district attorney, John Wing stands in front of their table. Only the defendant, John Mitchell, seems relaxed and unperturbed as he sits back in his chair. Mitchell and Stans were acquitted on April 28, 1974.