I was curious why they do sketches of people in the court room still. I would think taking pictures would be much easier. That and I'm curious why it started in the first place.
by Linus Kleen
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I assume that the tradition started before cameras, and it has carried on - mostly because an artist is a lot quieter than an SLR on rapid frame rate!
Also, you can be very 'selective' with an artist drawing and not include people who should be in the public domain - defence witness, jury and so on.