Rule 53: Capturing Hippies, Spies, Politicians, and Murderers in an American Courtroom by Andy Austin | 9781893121539 | Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Rule 53: Capturing Hippies, Spies, Politicians, and Murderers in an American Courtroom

Rule 53: Capturing Hippies, Spies, Politicians, and Murderers in an American Courtroom

by Andy Austin
     
 

ISBN-10: 1893121534

ISBN-13: 9781893121539

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Lake Claremont Press

In 1969 artist Andy Austin pitched herself as a substitute for an ABC TV courtroom sketch artist who didn’t show up to cover the Chicago 7 trial, thus beginning her career of more than 40 years of covering some of the city’s and the nation’s most notorious trials—all documented in this compilation. Rule 53 dictates no cameras

Overview

In 1969 artist Andy Austin pitched herself as a substitute for an ABC TV courtroom sketch artist who didn’t show up to cover the Chicago 7 trial, thus beginning her career of more than 40 years of covering some of the city’s and the nation’s most notorious trials—all documented in this compilation. Rule 53 dictates no cameras allowed in the courtroom, so mobsters, politicians, spies, terrorists, gang members, and serial killers on trial leave their mark on history through the artist's renderings. This engaging memoir and firsthand account of how the drama of the courtroom stage really unfolds will delight history and true crime buffs, court watchers, and anyone fascinated by the nuances of character only an artist can capture.

No Cameras Allowed

In the late 1960s, new to Chicago and bored with the still life subjects she painted in her home studio, artist Andy Austin began wandering the city in search of surprises from life as it is really lived. Chicago delivered--with the color and drama of volatile times and larger-than-life subjects. The streets were alive with noisy demonstrations, against the war in Vietnam, and in support of issues ranging from civil rights to raises for schoolteachers. Austin sketched picket lines and protests and sometimes joined them, soaking up every detail with crystalline clarity. When she turned her skills to court drawing, her stunning ability to capture pivotal moments and revealing human interactions gave Chicagoans an unparalleled you-are-there view of trials and personalities that made headlines.

Rule 53: Capturing Hippies, Spies, Politicians, and Murderers in an American Courtroom is a vivid memoir by one of the country's best visual chroniclers of courtroom proceedings. Austin's gift for seeing essential details offers intimate glimpses of defendants like the Chicago 7 radicals, the Black Panthers and the El Rukns, serial killer John Wayne Gacy, and a parade of mobsters. In prose as deft and insightful as her sketches, she shares her portraits of the lawyers, judges, politicians, and others involved in cases she observed, salutes friends and colleagues, and shares personal experiences that influenced her unique perspective on local history in the making.

 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781893121539
Publisher:
Lake Claremont Press
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
413
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents


The Chicago Conspiracy 8: The United States v. David T. Dellinger et al.     1
The Seventies: The Black Panthers and the Trials of Edward Hanrahan and Otto Kerner     41
A Spy Story: The United States v. William Kampiles     67
The Chief of Sinners: The People of the State of Illinois v. John Wayne Gacy, Jr.     77
A Rogues Gallery: The Mob, I     115
Valentine's Days: The Mob, II: The United States v. Ernest Rocco Infelise et al.     141
The Slums' Revenge: The El Rukn Trials     201
A Menagerie of Allegations: The El Rukn Post-Trial Hearings     247
The Star and the Robe: United States of America v. Thomas J. Maloney & Robert McGee     281
A Surreal Landscape: The Sentencing of Thomas J. Maloney     325
An Enigma: The People of the State of Illinois v. Harry Aleman     333
The Administrative Appeal of Assistant United States Attorney William Hogan     359
Glossary     381
Bibliography     395
Index     397
Acknowledgments     411
About the Author     415

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