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Aptly named Art Lien sketches courtrooms, history

Fracking decision, brutality case, former TV star's trial round out roundup

(Art Lein)

(Art Lien)

Welcome to a special midweek edition of the law blog roundup.

Today is Wednesday, the 37th anniversary of Affirmed’s victory at The Preakness, the second jewel en route to winning the Triple Crown, the last thoroughbred to do so. (Go, American Pharoah!)

Here are some news items to lead you into the week’s back stretch.

— Baltimorean Art Lien reflects on his first 40 years as a courtroom sketch artist. (Lien’s greatest sketch adorns this blog post. Notice the fine detail on the gentleman in the lower right foreground.)

— North Carolina judge issues fracking ruling, causes delay.

— Police-brutality/fatal-assault trial opens in Los Angeles.

Screech prepares for criminal trial, presumably accepts he will not be saved by the bell.