Ruby Ridge

I was the courtroom sketch artist at the Weaver/Harris Trial that took place in Spring
1993 at the Federal Court House in Boise, Idaho. This is a collection of sketches from
that trial.

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Ruby Ridge was the site of a deadly confrontation and siege in northern Idaho, August
21st to August 31st 1992. It involved Randy Weaver, his family, Weaver’s friend Kevin
Harris, and agents of the United States Marshals Service, Alcohol, Tobacco and
Firearms, and Federal Bureau of Investigation. It resulted in the death of Weaver’s son
Sammy, his wife Vicki, their family dog Striker, and Deputy US Marshal William Francis
Degan.

Following their surrender, a grand jury indicted Kevin Harris for the murder of Deputy
Marshal Degan and indicted Randy Weaver for aiding and abetting in Degan’s death.

The defense attorneys were Gerry Spence, Kent Spence, Chuck Peterson and David
Nevin. The prosecuting attorneys were Ron Howen and Kim Lindquist. The Judge was
Federal Judge Lodge.

The jury deliberations lasted longer than any other in Idaho history. The jury’s task was
complicated by eight separate charges, ranging from failure to appear in court to first-
degree murder. On July 8, the jury finally completed its work. They voted to acquit
Kevin Harris on all charges and Randy Weaver on all major charges. Weaver was
convicted of failing to appear in court. On October 18, Judge Lodge sentenced Weaver
to eighteen months in jail. Having served fourteen already, and with good behavior, the
sentence meant he could be out by Christmas.

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