The federal judge who struck down Proposition 8 last year today turned over controversial recordings of the same sex marriage trial he presided over. Vaughn Walker -- who's now retired -- came under fire for using a short excerpt from the trial videos during a university lecture in February. Prop. 8 supporters said Walker violated the U.S. Supreme Court's order to keep the recordings private.
In a letter to federal District Court Judge James Ware, Walker's attorney (Ephraim Margolin) indicated that his client would like the recordings back. Judge Ware will hear from both sides on the matter June 13th. Judge Ware will also consider a motion by Prop. 8 supporters to vacate Walker's decision on the grounds that Walker's same sex relationship gave him a conflict of interest in the Prop. 8 trial. Most legal experts doubt that effort will succeed.