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Category Archives: Judge Walker
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
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.
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
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
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.
Judge Walker criticized the defense this morning, saying: “There’s something about pots and kettles complaining…”
Is Judge Walker biased in this case? Proposition 8 defenders think he may be.
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?
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.
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.