Sketchy Reunion for Courtney Love, Heidi Fleiss and Other Courtroom Celebs

The intensity of Simpson's testimony at his wrongful death trial was another moment that was nearly too overwhelming to draw, she says. "When O.J. Simpson demonstrates 'wrassling' with Nicole with clenched fists ... these are times when the pen's practically quivering in my hand," she says.

Haunting Stares from the Night Stalker

On "The Sopranos" last season, Junior Soprano (Dominic Chianese) shoots menacing glances at the courtroom artist, as if to say he's not so happy that he's being depicted at his racketeering trial as a doddering old fool.

Edwards says she felt similarly terrorized while covering the 1989 murder trial of Richard Ramirez, the so-called night stalker who would be convicted on charges related to a grisly crime spree that left 14 people dead.

"It was the most unsettling experience of my life. I sat directly behind the defense and occasionally Ramirez turned to look at me and watch me draw. He smiled with his crooked teeth," she recalls in the book.

"If he saw I was sketching, he watched me, so I began covering my face. I didn't want to attract attention, and I certainly didn't want him burning my face into his memory."

When Former Defendants Want Trial Souvenirs

While most former defendants want no reminder of their criminal trials, Fleiss and Love have become fans of Edwards' work.

Edwards is employed as a freelancer for various media companies, and regularly works for ABC News, but she retains ownership of her courtroom sketches and sells them selectively.

"I wouldn't do it in a way that would be disrespectful," she says.

Likewise, while Simpson's and Robert Blake's lawyers were invited to her book party, she wouldn't invite Simpson or Blake, both of whom were acquitted of murder but found responsible for the death of their spouses in civil trials.

In the end, lawyers and judges are some of Edwards' biggest fans. After defending the likes of Scott Peterson, Michael Jackson and Winona Ryder, Geragos has a collection of courtroom art in his office on what he calls his "ego wall."

In those lighter moments, Edwards deftly recalls how some lawyers try to twist the truth by asking her to draw them to look thinner, younger and frequently, "with more hair."

"No can do," she says.

But her book does offer some amazing recollections. Here are a few:

1. Peekaboo With Michael Jackson: Edwards' first courtroom meeting with Jackson -- when he and his brothers were sued over the 1994 "Jackson Family Honors" TV special -- set the tone for all future meetings with the King of Pop:

"If his appearance wasn't jarring enough, his antics crossed the line into surreal. On the witness stand he giggled at us, waved, and at one point, he covered his face in such a way that I swear he was playing peekaboo."

But from this animated adventure, Jackson reverted into "the stillest person" the artist ever observed, when he sat at the defense table last year for his child molestation trial.

"He could be an extraterrestrial. ... His skin, so pale, appears to be peeling in places and he never wiped his face or wiped his eyes; he only dabbed them like a genteel lady conscious of smearing her eye makeup.

"His hair does not look real to me, and his habit of pushing it back from his face, carefully, with two hands -- never smoothing it -- contributed to that impression. That, and it would be different lengths on different days of the week."

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