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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Marilyn Church. Bernard [sic] Goetz Trial, 1985. Colored pencil, porous point pen, and water-soluble crayon on gray paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (059.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-31214 © Marilyn Church

Subway Shooter Bernhard Goetz on Trial

Defendant Bernhard Goetz, who shot and injured four African American teenagers on a New York City subway in December 1984, sits during his trial before Judge Stephen Crane. Dubbed the "Subway Vigilante," Goetz found sympathy with the jury who were receptive to his self-defense plea. They found him not guilty of attempted murder and assault. He spent eight months in prison for his unregistered handgun. One teenager who was paralyzed in the shooting, Darrell Cabey, later sued Goetz for damages and the court awarded him ten percent of Goetz's income.