The four courtroom sketches shown here depict scenes from the 1974 Watergate trial of White House aides H.R. Haldeman (Nixon’s former Chief of Staff), John Ehrlichman (former domestic policy advisor) and John Mitchell (former Attorney General). They were drawn by the late nationally renowned artist, John D. Hart, whose estate Eric Turkewitz represented in a 1992 Queens, New York medical malpractice trial. Mr. Turkewitz received them from his widow after successfully trying the case to verdict.
Hart’s works reside in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Museum, the Library of Congress and the Marine Corps Museum. His drawings have graced the front pages of the New York Times and other national newspapers and magazines, and had appeared often on national news shows, depicting scenes where cameras were not allowed. The Six Jurors sketch on this site was displayed in an exhibit on Lawyer Presidents at the American Bar Association’s Museum of Law in Chicago.
Hart’s medical malpractice case was tried to a $575,000 jury verdict. The lawsuit involved negligence at Elmhurst Hospital in failing to properly monitor endotracheal tube placement, and the failure to do a tracheotomy over a five-day period, resulting in damage to Mr. Hart’s larynx and trachea. The artist needed 11 corrective surgical procedures prior to his death from unrelated causes. Having passed away before trial, Mr. Turkewitz used a self-portrait by Mr. Hart during the malpractice trial to demonstrate his changing physical condition.
We are honored to showcase the sketches in his office today.
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|H.R. Haldeman on the witness stand, beside Judge John J. Sirica||The twelve jurors listening to evidence||Prosecutor James Neal addressing the jury, with Judge Sirica in the background||Six jurors listening to the infamous Watergate tapes|
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