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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Elizabeth Williams. Salamed [i.e., Salameh], March 4, 1993. Pastel and porous point pen on gray paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (046.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51110 © Elizabeth Williams
Gift of Tom Girardi
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Elizabeth Williams. Mohammed Salameh of Jersey City, N.J., seated, is arraigned last night in federal court in Manhattan, 1993. Published cover of New York Newsday, March 5, 1993. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (047.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51111 © Elizabeth Williams
Gift of Tom Girardi
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1993 World Trade Center Bombing

Days after the bombing of the World Trade Center, Elizabeth Williams covered the late-night arraignment of Mohammed A. Salameh, in Manhattan Federal Court on March 4, 1993. Seated between his translator Latif Onsi and defense lawyer Robert Precht, Salameh is a Palestinian who had overstayed a tourist visa and the first suspect to be charged with the detonation of explosives in a rented van in the World Trade Center parking garage. A fragment of the vehicle linked Salameh to its rental. The bomb killed five people and injured more than 1,000 others. On May 24, 1994, in the trial United States v. Salameh et al., Salameh, along with three other defendants, received a 240-year sentence: appeal at 152 F.3d 88 (1998).

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