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January 7, 2010

JUDGE OKAYS VIDEO OF PROP 8 TRIAL

LA Times - A federal judge in San Francisco said that he wants the trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 to be videotaped and distributed over the Internet.

"This certainly is a case that has sparked widespread interest," U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn R. Walker said during a hearing. "I think a trial can be highly informative."

If Walker's view is endorsed, as expected, by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the legal battle over same-sex marriage will become the first federal trial in nine Western states to be videotaped for public distribution, according to Thomas Burke, a media attorney. . .

Supporters of Proposition 8 opposed public dissemination of the trial video, arguing that witnesses might be intimated speaking before an audience of millions of people. An attorney for the Proposition 8 supporters declined to comment when asked if he would challenge Walker's decision.

Opponents of Proposition 8 favor courtroom cameras.

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1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps this Judge needs to contact Harry and Nancy and get the Health Reform negotiations videoed or better yet live on C-Span

January 8, 2010 6:16 PM  

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