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Courtroom sketches capture former President Donald Trump’s arraignment after cameras, phones, and electronics were banned at the start of the proceedings

In a courtroom sketch, Donald Trump, accompanied by his legal counsel, looks at Assistant District Attorney Christopher Conroy during Trump's arraignment in New York.In a courtroom sketch, Donald Trump, accompanied by his legal counsel, looks at Assistant District Attorney Christopher Conroy during Trump’s arraignment in New York.

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  • Trump appeared in court for his arraignment on Tuesday.
  • Three courtroom sketch artists captured scenes from inside the Manhattan courtroom where it happened.
  • The illustrations documented what cameras couldn’t after electronics were banned from the courtroom.

Courtroom sketches captured the arraignment of former President Donald Trump after cameras, phones, and electronics were banned at the start of the proceedings on Tuesday.

Trump is the first current or former US president to ever face criminal charges. He was arrested on Tuesday afternoon following his Thursday indictment.

Trump pleaded not guilty to 34 felony counts of falsifying business records. The charges were related to a yearslong investigation into Trump’s role in a $130,000 election-eve hush-money payment made by his former lawyer, Michael Cohen, to the porn star Stormy Daniels, back in 2016.

Though cameras swarmed outside the Manhattan courtroom where Trump was arraigned, public access to the hearing was limited.A view of the courtroom where Donald Trump appeared an arraignment on charges stemming from his indictment by a Manhattan grand jury following a probe into hush money paid to porn star Stormy DanielsFormer President Donald Trump appears in court for an arraignment on charges stemming from his indictment by a Manhattan grand jury following a probe into hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels, in New York City on April 4, 2023.

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Reporters for a few publications were let in through the doors, but they were asked to leave shortly after 2 p.m., before proceedings kicked off.

Source: Insider

 

Only 3 courtroom sketch artists remained in the room to document Trump’s day in court.Former President Donald Trump sits at a table with counsel during an arraignment in New York City in a courtroom sketch. Police officers are seen in the background.Former President Donald Trump appears in court for an arraignment on charges related to an investigation into hush money paid to porn star Stormy Daniels.

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Ahead of the hearing, Merchan banned the use of all electronic devices including cell phones and laptops. 

Prosecutors accused Trump and others of an “unlawful scheme” by paying off Stormy Daniels to suppress negative information about him during the 2016 election, per Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.Former President Donald Trump looks over his shoulder in court for an arraignment. Justice Juan Merchan and two security personnel are seen in the background.Former President Donald Trump appears in court for an arraignment.

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Bragg spoke about the nearly three dozen felony charges leveled against Trump during a news conference after the hearing. 

“That is exactly what this case is about: 34 false statements made to cover up other crimes,” Bragg said. “These are felony crimes in New York state no matter who you are. We cannot and will not normalize serious criminal conduct.”

Source: Insider, Manhattan District Attorney

An illustration by courtroom sketch artist Christine Cornell shows Trump listening with a stoic expression as New York prosecutors presented their case against him.

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Trump only spoke 9 words throughout the arraignment. The first 2 were “Not guilty.”In a courtroom sketch, Donald Trump is seen beside defense attorney Joseph Tacopina as the Clerk of the Court reads the charges against the former president.In a courtroom sketch, Donald Trump is seen pleading not guilty as the Clerk of the Court reads the charges.

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Trump did not smile and hardly spoke during the hearing, and gave single-word answers to questions from Merchan, Insider’s Azmi Haroun and Jacob Shamsian reported.

Source: Insider

New York Supreme Court Justice Juan Merchan recognized the unprecedented nature of Trump’s indictment.A courtroom sketch shows Justice Juan Merchan speaking during the arraignment of Donald Trump in New York City on April 4, 2023.A courtroom sketch shows Justice Juan Merchan speaking during the arraignment of Donald Trump in New York City on April 4, 2023.

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“That this indictment involves a matter of monumental significance cannot possibly be disputed,” Merchan wrote in a court order on Monday.

“Never in the history of the United States has a sitting or past President been indicted on criminal charges,” Merchan added.

Source: Insider

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