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It was still dark in New York City when artist Jane Rosenberg ( arose on a chilly, overcast morning in early November 2018. Her destination was the Brooklyn federal courthouse, where she got in the line forming on the sidewalk along with scores of others who wanted to witness the drug-trafficking trial of Joaquín Guzmán Loera—the Mexican drug lord better known as El Chapo. The courthouse didn’t let people in until 10 a.m., so Rosenberg, a courtroom artist assigned to draw pictures of the trial for the evening newscast, put on a poncho and wrapped herself (and her art supplies, which she wanted to keep dry) in blankets and waited. It was 2:30 in the morning. She was determined to get a good seat close to the front of the courtroom.

The Daily Docket

A courtroom artist is somewhat of an outlier in the art field. Judges for many of the most prominent cases in the United States often prohibit the use of cameras, making artists and their sketch pads the only source of visual information that the public receives. As a result, millions more

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