The Columbia Journalism Review has a May 9 piece detailing everybody's favorite works of art: Courtroom sketches. The first is Bill Robles' sketch of Tom Girardi in court with his client Bryan Stow. Stow was the victim of a brutal assault at Dodger Stadium in 2011.
Attorney Tom Girardi in court with client Bryan Stow.
To see many of the courtroom sketches, read the full CJR piece here.
As Jim Sweeney writes for the Columbia Journalism Review, "[N]ews budget cuts and increasing courtroom camera access are making these artists a vanishing breed of journalist."
Sweeney explains that the new Library of Congress exhibit (which runs through October 2017), was a gift made possible by Tom Girardi's donation.
The Library of Congress hosted a similar exhibit in 2016. Known as the Girardi Collection, this earlier exhibit featured courtroom illustrations of O.J. Simpson and Michael Jackson, among others.
CJR quotes artist Gary Myrick:
"There are definitely fewer courtroom artists working today than there once were."
Prior to assisting in the creation of these exhibits as a historical showcase, Mr. Girardi had privately acquired many of these sketches for his personal collection.
In reference to last year's exhibit, Mr. Girardi said:
"Courtroom illustrations provide visual documentation of important cases that have shaped interpretations of legislation or depict pivotal moments in criminal history. I am honored to have played a role in building this collection, which is the most comprehensive in any American public institution."