Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Courtroom sketches

I don't want to make light of what is clearly a terrible case, but are these some of the worst courtroom sketches you've ever seen, or what?!





Reminds me of some other sketches - from Glaswegian comedy show "Chewin' the Fat". These two clips really nailed the BBC's local news reporting style:





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Aaaah, memories of living in Glasgow when this show came out - apparently even some people in Edinburgh couldn't understand some of the sketches!

9 comments:

  1. Yikes! I wonder how much longer this tradition will last.

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  2. those clips were hilarious. and yes, the sketches were pretty awful.

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  3. The judge looks very angry, the other people look totally lifeless (in the sketches).

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  4. SG, no idea - I've never heard anything about a move to allow cameras in courtrooms, either here or in the UK. (In the US it's allowed in some circumstances but not others, right?). It does seem a bit silly when you see photos of people arriving at and leaving the court, but not inside... I don't agree with videoing proceedings, but you'd think stills would be OK.

    HG and SF, I agree!

    BTW I don't know what is up with the comments link not showing up on the front page when the post contains a video. Is anyone else having the same problem?

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  5. So funny! But Scottish can be hard to understand. :)

    Also hard to understand is the U.S. rules on courtroom images. Sometimes it's sketches, sometimes photos, and sometimes video, maybe even live. OJ, anyone?

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  6. EGF, it took me a couple of weeks to adjust to the Scottish accent. An Italian student in the next lab took about 6 months to be able to talk to the natives, even though her English was excellent!

    Albatross, for me it's more the eyes - especially the woman on the left in the second sketch. But I really shouldn't be too harsh, given that my own skills are more or less equivalent to the ones displayed in the first video.

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  7. Good grief! Those are awful. That woman looks like she is wearing a Hannibal Lector mask.

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  8. The article says it's an oxygen line, but really, I don't think that feature was the point at which the artist should have started going for realism.

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