Category Archives: Judge Walker

Appeals Court Upholds Walker's Decision

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday declared California’s same-sex marriage ban to be unconstitutional, putting the bitterly contested, voter-approved law on track for likely consideration by the U.S. Supreme Court. A three-judge panel of the 9th … Continue reading »


9th Circuit Smack Down: Keep Trial Tapes Secret

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The Chief Judge of California’s Northern District Court last year ordered video tapes of the Prop. 8 trial released. But a 3-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals today disagreed — and it wasn’t close. In a 3-0 … Continue reading »


Ethics of Prop. 8 Judge Weighed in Federal Appeals Court

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Judicial ethics and rules of disclosure require judges to reveal whether they have a personal interest in the outcome of a case before them. Supporters of Prop. 8 argue for that reason Judge Vaughn Walker should have disclosed he was … Continue reading »


Prop. 8's Long and Winding Road Continues

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It’s been exactly a year since a panel of 9th Circuit Court judges heard oral arguments on an appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker’s 2010 decision striking down Prop. 8 for violating the U.S. Constitution. No decision has been rendered on that … Continue reading »


Trial Videos Squabble A Warm Up to Main Event

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At today’s hearing on whether to release the Prop. 8 trial recordings, Federal Judge James Ware noted that on his way into the building this morning he saw a woman holding a sign that read “Free the Tapes.” That elicited giggles in … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Standing Question a Close Call

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Months after agreeing to a request by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, the California Supreme Court has set a date (September 6th) for oral arguments to consider whether state law allows proponents of ballot measures to defend them in court when … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Judge Could Rule Tuesday

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At the end of Monday’s 3-hour long oral arguments, District Court Judge James Ware said he hoped to have a written ruling on the motion to have Judge Vaughn Walker’s Prop 8 ruling vacated “within 24 hours”. The bottom line issue: … Continue reading »


Was the Gay Judge Too Pro-Gay?

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During more than two decades on the bench, Judge Vaughn Walker almost never spoke publicly about his sexual orientation. The Republican jurist was long rumored to be gay, but it wasn’t until he retired earlier this year that Walker told … Continue reading »


Walker Turns Over Trial Videos

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   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 … Continue reading »


Judge Fast Tracks Motion to Toss Ruling

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  James Ware, Chief Judge of the Northern District of California, today issued an order expediting the hearing schedule for efforts have Judge Walker’s Prop. 8 decision striking down Prop. 8 vacated. “Due to the nature of the Motion,” Ware wrote, “the … Continue reading »