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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Arnold Mesches. Pueblo, Bucher, 2 lawyers, 1969. India ink on white layered paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (089.00.00)

USS Pueblo Capt. Lloyd M. Bucher

Emaciated from months of torture, Lloyd M. Bucher, captain of the USS Pueblo, testifies at the court of naval inquiry. The public was sympathetic to him as a result of his well-publicized torture and imprisonment in North Korea. Before the ill-fated voyage, Bucher had put in a request to the Navy for a quick destruct system. The request was denied; instead Bucher purchased a fuel incinerator. Despite using delaying tactics before seizure, Bucher made it clear that the volume of documents and equipment that required destruction was too much for the incinerator to handle. During the court of naval inquiry, he was defended by Capt. James E. Keyes as well as a civilian attorney, E. Miles Harvey.