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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Howard Brodie. [Chicago Seven conspiracy trial in Chicago, Illinois, showing left-half of two-part drawing of the entire courtroom, with the jury and prosecution team shown in this half], 1969 or 1970. Color crayon on white paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (037.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51013 © Estate of Howard Brodie
Gift of Howard Brodie
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Howard Brodie. Witness, Reporter, Kunstler, Judge, Marshall [sic], 1969 or 1970. Color crayon on white paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (038.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51014 © Estate of Howard Brodie
Gift of Howard Brodie
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The Chicago Seven Court Room

Having been arrested after several days of protests during the Democratic Party National Convention in Chicago in August 1968, the Chicago Eight faced their trial with the same aplomb with which they had demonstrated. Many had belonged to the National Mobilization Committee (MOBE). In this two-sheet panorama, artist Howard Brodie sets the stage, showing the twelve jurors and two alternates. They sit behind the prosecution team led by Thomas A. Foran and Richard G. Schultz. Brodie also focuses on the marshal —likely Ronald Dobroski—court reporter Dorothy Rasoul, defense attorney William Kunstler, Judge Julius Hoffman, and an unidentified witness. The eight defendants were reduced to seven when Hoffman ordered that Bobby Seale be tried separately.

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