After getting shut down by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, District Court Judge Vaughn Walker and 9th Circuit Appeals Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski to allow a broadcast of the closing arguments in the Prop. 8 trial, tentatively set for June 16th. In a 5-4 ruling with potentially ominous undertones in January, the Supremes indefinitely blocked broadcast of the proceedings as the trial got underway four months ago. The decision was a rebuke to Judges Walker and Kozinski’s plan to make this a pilot case for allowing cameras in the federal courts. It cited the potential for “irreparable harm” to witnesses who didn’t want their identities broadcast. The media organizations note in their new filing with the court that this concern is no longer valid since there will be no witnesses in the closing arguments, just lime light loving attorneys. Don’t hold your breath that Judge Walker will want to risk another public slap down though.
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