Category Archives: Judge Walker

Reading Tea Leaves

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The Prop. 8 trial and Wednesday’s closing arguments are grist for discussion and speculation at the Journalist Law School Fellowship at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles this week. I’m here at the invitation of Loyola along with 40 other … Continue reading »

Prop. 8 Outcome Could Have Wide Reach

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The federal Prop. 8 trial wraps up today. If Judge Walker strikes down California’s ban on same-sex marriage, it could influence laws across the country.

Lights, action ... but no cameras

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A coalition of media organizations (including KQED) asked Judge Walker to allow cameras and recording equipment into the courtroom for closing arguments next week — but Wednesday night the Judge said no. This was a replay of an issue resolved … Continue reading »

39 Questions

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A week before closing arguments in the Prop. 8 trial, Judge Vaughn Walker has given attorneys for the plaintiffs and defendants their homework. Walker directed 12 questions to each side and another 15 questions to both. Among the questions he … Continue reading »

Tell Us: Does Judge Walker's Sexual Orientation Matter?

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Yesterday the San Francisco Chronicle’s Matier and Ross wrote a column identifying Prop. 8 trial Judge Vaughn Walker as gay. This wasn’t exactly “outing” the judge — he’s not exactly public about his sexual orientation, but it’s well known in many circles that he is. The article described it as a “non-issue,” but that remains to be seen. What do you think? Should a judge’s sexual orientation be relevant in a case like this? Was the Chronicle right to reveal Judge Walker’s orientation in the middle of a high profile trial? Tell me what you think in the comments.

Black and Blue

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Judge Walker criticized the defense this morning, saying: “There’s something about pots and kettles complaining…”

Judging the Judge

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Is Judge Walker biased in this case? Proposition 8 defenders think he may be.

The Meaning of Yellow

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Analyzing trials and predicting their outcome is the work of legal experts with years of experience. But could the appearance of one pen be providing clues?

Who is Judge Vaughn Walker?

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Judge Vaughn Walker is a Republican first nominated by Ronald Reagan – but he’s hardly a reliable conservative. We profile the judge overseeing the Prop. 8 trial.

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Video of Prop 8 Trial Indefinitely

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In a 5-4 decision today, the nation’s high court ruled to block video coverage of the trial challenging the constitutionality of Proposition 8 and the California’s ban on same-sex marriage.