Supreme Court Blocks Webcast of Prop 8 Trial

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Screenshot of a test webcast from U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

Screenshot of a test webcast from U.S. District Court in San Francisco.

The United States Supreme Court has blocked -- at least temporarily -- the planned webcast of the federal hearings on California's same-sex marriage ban.

Last week, U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker, who is presiding over the case, said that he would allow delayed footage of the proceedings to be posted on YouTube. Today, the Supreme Court, in response to an appeal, stopped the scheduled webcast, saying it wanted at least a few days to consider if making video of the hearings available on the Web could impact the fairness of the trial.

As of this posting, the District Court's YouTube channel has gone offline.

You can read the order by the Supreme Court here [pdf].

Our Los Angeles bureau chief, Rob Schmitz, will have the latest on the stay tomorrow morning on The California Report.

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