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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Elizabeth Williams. Artists at the DeLoren [sic] Trial, August 16, 1984. Porous point pen. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (003.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-50992 © Elizabeth Williams
Gift of Tom Girardi

Courtroom Artists

The news media—whether print, television, or digital—hires artists to cover trials where cameras are forbidden. During the trial of automobile manufacturer John Z. DeLorean for cocaine possession with the intent to sell, artist Elizabeth Williams drew a self-portrait with a row of her artist colleagues covering the trial (from left to right): Walt Stewart, Bill Robles, Bill Lignante, Howard Brodie, David Rose, and Elizabeth Williams. Howard Brodie is shown wearing his signature opera glasses affixed to his eyeglasses, which he donned to get a better view of the proceedings.