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Exhibition Drawing Justice: The Art of Courtroom Illustration

Howard Brodie. [Harrisburg Seven Trial—Overall Court Scene], 1972. Color crayon on white paper. Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress (044.00.00)
LC-DIG-ppmsca-51108 © Estate of Howard Brodie
Gift of Howard Brodie

The Harrisburg Seven

A group of priests and nuns led by Father Philip Berrigan from the New Catholic Left, along with Pakistani-American journalist Eqbal Ahmad, faced trial for plotting to kidnap Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in an effort to end the Vietnam War. Judge R. Dixon Herman presided over the U.S. District Court in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The lead defense attorney, Ramsey Clark, sensing that the jury would be sympathetic to priests and nuns, did not call anyone to the stand and said only, "Your Honor, the defendants shall always seek peace. They continue to proclaim their innocence. The defense rests." His ploy paid off for the defendants; their trial ended with a hung jury.

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