Sixty-five people sat in the sweltering courtroom. The press box was full. Every member of the press corps was irritated: the judge ordered no recordings, no photos, and no digital devices. The lone illustrator in the box seemed thrilled; his work would be the first visual.
Both sides of the aisle appeared to be stressed beyond the norm, for this was a tribunal and treason was the charge. Impeachment had been formalized and the censure hearings have begun.