Friends in High Places

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On the last day of testimony in the Prop. 8 trial, Judge Walker gave interested parties a week to file any additional “friend of the court” amicus briefs on behalf of either the plaintiffs (those hoping to strike down Prop. 8) or the defendants. These briefs are intended to provide additional legal support for or against the parties and, in some cases, are even sited by judges in their decisions. Forty-one requests to file amicus briefs were submitted. On behalf of the plaintiffs:

As of Thursday, there was just one request to file an amicus brief on behalf of the Prop. 8 defendants. Michael J. McDermott, a “native San Franciscan” living in Alameda County wrote in his statement that he was “targeted for retaliation” for supporting Prop. 8 and feels “the need to defend the validity of my vote.” (Sorry, I couldn't find a link to the text of this one.)

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