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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Marilyn Church. [Bensonhurst Murder Trial], May 1990. Colored pencil, charcoal, porous point pen, and water-soluble crayon on brown paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (058.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-38536 © Marilyn Church

Al Sharpton Reacts to Bensonhurst Trial Verdict

Diane Hawkins, the mother of murder victim Yusuf Hawkins, Al Sharpton, and others react to the verdict that cleared Keith Mondello of second-degree murder and manslaughter charges. After the verdict was announced on May 19, 1990, one member of the Hawkins family reportedly shouted, "You'll get yours." On the previous day, Joseph Fama was found guilty by a separate jury: judgement affirmed at People v. Fama, 212 A.D.2d 542 (1995). Al Sharpton threatened that, "We intend to move this city like it's never been moved before" and led marches into Bensonhurst and other New York neighborhoods clamoring for racial justice.