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:


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


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

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

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

  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?

  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?

  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.

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

  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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