Category Archives: Trial Video

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 »


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 »


9th Circuit: Don't release the trial tapes

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The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals isn’t known for being cautious or conservative. But the three-judge panel hearing the appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision striking down Prop. 8 issued an order stopping Friday’s scheduled release of the trial video … Continue reading »


Prop. 8 Videos Released -- Almost.

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Video tapes of the 12-day federal trial over the constitutionality of Prop. 8 may soon be available for viewing. Federal Judge James Ware  Monday released a 16-page decision in which he found “no compelling reasons” to keep the tapes sealed now … 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 »


"Milk" Director's Next Project: Prop. 8

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Dustin Lance Black, who snagged an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay by writing “Milk” starring Sean Penn,  has turned his talent to Prop. 8, using courtroom transcripts and interviews to create a Broadway-bound play called “8.” And befitting Black’s reputation, 8 has … 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 »


9th Circuit Punts on Prop. 8 Tapes

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   The 9th Circuit of Appeals panel considering the appeal to Judge Walker’s ruling today declined to force him to return copies of the Prop. 8 trial videos. Instead, they issued an order kicking it back down to the District Court, … Continue reading »


Walker Replaces Prop. 8 Video with Nazi Trial

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Although Judge Vaughn Walker informed the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals last week that he was planning to use the excerpt from the Prop. 8 trial again this week in a talk at Gonzaga University Law School, a spokeswoman now … Continue reading »


Push to Unseal the Video

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   A coalition of media, including the Los Angeles Times, CNN and KQED, is joining the legal fray over the Prop. 8 video tapes. In papers filed April 18th attorneys for the coalition indicate they want to join the motion … Continue reading »