Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Hamdan v Rumsfeld

The Supreme Court yesterday heard arguments on presidential power and the legality of the Guantanamo military commissions in the case of Salim Ahmed Hamdan.

In the first drawing attorney Neal K. Katyal argues for petitioner Hamdan. Chief Justice Roberts did not take participate because he was part of an appeals court panel that ruled in the government's favor.

The second sketch was made at Guantanamo during the military commissions in August, 2004. It shows Hamdan with his attorney Navy Lt. Commander Charles Swift. I was not permitted to sketch the likeness of the defendant.

Monday, March 27, 2006

Moussaoui takes the stand

The first sketch is of Moussaoui being questioned by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Spencer.

The second sketch is a wide shot of the courtroom with Moussaoui on the witness stand and his court appointed attorney Gerald Zerkin at the podium.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

The bruise on Moussaoui's forehead

Spectators at the penalty trial have begun to notice a large bruise-like mark on Moussaoui's forehead.

That it is in fact a bruise from prostration, or Sajdah, as part of prayer, or Salat, was confirmed by a reporter from the arabic language press. He has had it for quite some time, but it is usually hidden by his head covering.

Monday, March 20, 2006

Moussaoui trial back on track

The death penalty trial Zacarias Moussaoui resumed today after the judge restored part of the government's case on Friday by allowing testimony from substitute aviation security witnesses who have not been tainted as the original witnesses were by TSA attorney Carla Martin.

In the sketch Moussaoui looks on as his court appointed attorney Edward MacMahon cross examines FBI agent Harry Samet.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Case against Moussaoui is gutted.

Judge Leonie Brinkema has barred key aviation security witnesses from testifying in Moussaoui's death penalty trial, effectively throwing out half of the government's case.

The first sketch features Carla Martin, the TSA attorney who's coaching of witnesses prompted Judge Brinkema to sanction the government.

The second sketch has Judge Brinkema questioning Assistant US Attorney David Raskin.

In the wide shot Assistant US Attorney David Novak is questioning Lynne Osmus, an FAA security administrator and one of the witnesses Carla Martin attempted to coach. It was she who reported Martin's e-mails to prosecutors last Friday.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Moussaoui Death Penalty Derailed

U.S.District Judge Leonie M. Brinkema said "In all my years on the bench, I've never seen a more egregious violation of the rule about witnesses". Moussaoui's defense moved for a mistrial after learning that a government attorney for the TSA gave upcoming witnesses transcripts of opening statements and testimony in the sentencing trial.

At the conclusion of today's proceedings Moussaoui smiled and raised his cup of water in the direction of the attorneys as if to toast. As he left the courtroom he exclaimed "the show must go on".

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Moussaoui's mother in courtroom

Moussaoui's mother, who viewed the first day's proceedings from a remote monitor in the Alexandria courthouse, today took a seat in the courtroom. Moussaoui did not acknowledge her presence though he had to be aware that she was there. His mother, Aicha el-Wafi, later said "ce n'est plus mon fils, c'est quelqu'un d'autre".

On the witness stand is FBI agent Michael Aticev being questioned by Assistant U.S. Attorney David Raskin. Moussaoui is in the left foreground and his mother in the right foreground, two of Moussaoui's court appointed attorneys are in the middle.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Moussaoui Penalty Trial begins

In the first sketch Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert A. Spencer makes his openning arguments to the jury. The judge has ordered that the likenesses of the jurors not be depicted.

In the second sketch Moussaoui watches a video interview of Osama Bin Laden introduced into evidence.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Texas redistricting in Supreme Court

Two sketches from yesterday's arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court. The first shows pettitioner's attorney Paul M. Smith addressing th Court. Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz is in the second sketch.