A new approach to understanding the criminal justice system through the eyes of courtroom artists. The drawings and paintings that make up this collection, compiled by debut author Williams and Russell (Lethal Intent, 2013), are the work of courtroom artists, the only people able to capture images in the many courtrooms where video and photography aren’t permitted. Striking images accompany artists’ reminiscences of the trials they have covered. Many of the cases are explored in detail, and some are well-known—the O.J. Simpson trial, Iran-Contra, Martha Stewart’s insider trading...Reveals one fascinating aspect of the legal system, informing the reader while demonstrating the value of artistic interpretation. (Read full review
Published in May by CUNY Journalism Press, "The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art," by artist Elizabeth Williams and crime writer Sue Russell, is a raucous celebration of five practitioners of this endangered workaday art. The moments captured here include everything, as one artist put it, "from celebrities, spies, terrorists, corporate corruption, political scandals, killers, mass murderers, celebrity custody hearings, to sex scandals, child molestation cases and military court martials."
Here is a perfect match of artists and subjects: Elizabeth Williams on Martha Stewart and dapper John Gotti, Howard Brodie on Jack Ruby and the Watergate plumbers, Aggie Kenny on Jackie O. and Oliver North, Bill Robles on O.J. Simpson and Richard Tomlinson capturing a young David Boies.
Lawyers who treasure beauty should root for the Luddites in the courtroom camera debate. Court TV has been called many things, but it's never been called art.
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When I was writing The Devil’s Dozen
, I needed a picture for each chapter. I found no photos from the trial of Canadian pig farmer, Robert Pickton, but I did locate a courtroom drawing. Until I read The Illustrated Courtroom: 50 Years of Court Art
, by artist Elizabeth Williams and true crime writer Sue Russell, I never realized what a fascinating realm this is. I was especially intrigued with the friendships and mentoring that evolved in this unique network of talent.
As soon as I heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to see the art. Then I realized that all of the chosen cases were attention-grabbers: Mick Jagger, Charles Manson, Bernie Madoff, O.J. Simson, John Gotti, and many more. Williams and Russell not only deliver a powerful courtroom history but also a saucy summary of some high profile cases. (Read full review