Monday, 12 June 2017

docket and drawering

Via The Vault, we discover that the US Library of Congress is curating a collection of nearly five decades of courtroom drama as recorded by various sketch-artists, who laboured to capture the emotion and anguish of attorneys, juries, judges, defendants and plaintiffs.
Though all US jurisdictions have permitted still-photography since 2014, cameras have been traditionally banned from the courtroom in order to protect the privacy of parties and prevent distraction and I wonder how relevant that this tradition and talent might be in a future when everyone is accustomed to posing for posterity at all times and in all places. This extensive exhibition began with the donation of illustrator Howard Brodie who captured the proceedings of the 1964 trial of Jack Ruby, the nightclub owner who killed Lee Harvey Oswald while in police custody charged with the assassination of John F Kennedy.