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Media attorneys take another run at broadcasting the trial.

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After getting shut down by the U.S. Supreme Court earlier this year, District Court Judge Vaughn Walker and 9th Circuit Appeals Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski to allow a broadcast of the closing arguments in the Prop. 8 trial, tentatively … 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.

Fresh Air in the Courtroom

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Very dry, scholarly testimony on the history and meaning of marriage was enlivened in the federal courtroom this morning with the playing of a 2004 Terry Gross interview.