"Hear ye! Hear ye! Hear ye! All persons are commanded to keep silent, on pain of imprisonment, while the House of Representatives is exhibiting to the Senate of the United States articles of impeachment against President Donald John Trump, President of the United States," Sergeant at Arms Michael Stenger read aloud to senators on the opening day of Trump's impeachment.
The same words were spoken, the same way, in 1999 at President Bill Clinton's trial, and before that, in 1868, at the trial of President Andrew Johnson.
Most of us with a sadistic streak are familiar with this iconic picture of Tulane University soccer player Jill and her badly broken leg. I have spent the better part of a year trying to track down Jill and determine what she is doing today.
Well, I finally found her. Jill broke her leg in 2005; shortly after Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area. Because of hurricane damage, Tulane was forced to play all home soccer games at other schools. She happened to break her leg at Texas A&M Stadium in College Station, Texas in a game against Central Florida University. This added to the confusion about where Jill actually went to school.
The broken leg ended Jill's soccer career. After graduation from Tulane, she earned a masters degree from Villanova University. She went to work for Booz Allen Hamilton, a large government focused consulting firm. In 2015, Jill joined the Office of the State Senate Sergeant At Arms Office. This organization is responsible for the physical and electronic security of the 100 United States Senators and their staff. During Trump's impeachment trial, Jill is working each day in the US Capital Building to keep the Senate safe.
The Head of the Sergeant at Arms is the guy who says the 'Here ye, here, ye' thing.
I have never had a harder time tracking down someone than Jill. Because she is a security officer in the Senate, her security clearance must be very high. She and her husband of 2 years have no social media presence.
The only picture I could find of Jill who is now 35, is a grainy wedding shot that appeared in her husband's college alumni magazine shortly after her their wedding.
A couple of other broken leg characters involved in the Impeachment Proceedings.
The first is Debbie Wassermann Shultz who is a liberal congresswoman from Florida. Shultz was in charge of the Democratic National Convention in 2016 and got in hot water for secretly helping Hillary Clinton secure the nomination over Bernie Sanders. Shultz was supposed to stay impartial but apparently found that difficult. She was eventually removed as head of the convention but remains a popular congresswomen in her home district.
In 2009, Shultz broke her ankle while participating in the annual Woman's Softball Game. She broke the ankle sliding into 2nd base.
Shultz, a democrat, strongly supported Trump's impeachment during the House Of Representative's vote a few weeks ago.
Our final Impeachment participant is Carol. Carol has been featured in other of my Blog posts. Carol is a reporter for National Public Radio (NPR) in the US. NPR is a reasonably impartial radio organization in the US. HERE is their summary of how the Impeachment process works for those non-US readers of this Blog.
A few years ago, Carol broke her leg skiing. And this picture of Carol has become a classic due to the puckish look on her face. She is a pretty woman in a full leg cast. Her face displays a mixture of disbelief, helplessness, and amusement.
As a reporter, Carol has been involved in the coverage of the Impeachment Trial.
So there we have it. One sitting United States President facing Impeachment. And three iconic cast community heroines - with a history of broken legs - participating in the event. You guys can skip BBC News and CNN. Just follow current political events on Cindy's Cast Blog.