The man presiding over the Prop. 8 trial is District Court Judge Vaughn Walker. Walker is a Republican, first nominated by Ronald Reagan -- but he's hardly a reliable conservative. He's attracted some extra attention for his decision to allow video coverage of the proceedings, a ruling that prompted a scolding and a reversal from the U.S. Supreme Court. And that's just the latest turn in a career that continues to defy expectations.
Click on the player below to hear what The California Report's Tara Siler discovered about the judge, or listen at TheCaliforniaReport.org.