Olson/Boies Prop 8 trial to be recorded and available

Timothy Kincaid

January 6th, 2010

On January 11, Ted Olson and David Boies will begin their case against Proposition 8, arguing that it runs contrary to the US Constitution. In a strange turn of events, the case will be recorded but not made available for live media coverage. (SJ Merc)

Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker approved court-operated cameras in his courtroom for delayed release on YouTube, but rejected a bid by media organizations to televise the proceedings themselves for live broadcast.

Walker, by approving some broadcast of the Proposition 8 trial, became the first federal judge in the West to make use of an experimental program put in place recently by the 9th Circuit Judicial Council, which sets policy for federal courts in nine states, including California.

Supporters of Proposition 8 had argued against any public presentation of the trial, saying that their witnesses were reluctant to testify if their testimony was made available to public scrutiny.

They used one of the anti-gay community’s favorite arguments: fear of retaliation. Personally, I believe that their objection is based in fear of exposure. I suspect that the purposes and beliefs of the funders, organizers, and administrators of Proposition 8 are not aligned with the public, not even the majority of those who voted for the proposition.

Priya Lynn

January 6th, 2010

So, when will each day’s recordings be available for broadcast? The following day? A week later? None at all until after the verdict is in?

Guest

January 6th, 2010

The video recordings will be available after a delay of couple of hours or next day at the latest.

Richard W. Fitch

January 6th, 2010

And keep in mind that the proposal is to archive them on YouTube which means they will be available virtually anywhere in the world – not just a limited broadcast region.

occono

January 6th, 2010

Well, Youtube has Geo-Restriction available, if they intend to use it…

Burr

January 6th, 2010

Fear of retaliation?

If gays and their supporters (who have faced FAR more retaliation) can summon the courage, surely those with God supposedly behind them would have no worries.

More like they’re afraid of their idiotic arguments being ripped apart and destroyed through the process of a trial, where facts triumph over fear tactics.

Grant

January 7th, 2010

I believe Judge Walker has given until Friday for comments (as well as the 9th Circuit still has to approve), so I don’t think this is a done deal yet – but definitely moving in the right direction.

BobN

January 7th, 2010

The idea that nationally known, anti-gay “experts” need protection from public scrutiny is absurd. If they didn’t want people to know what they think and who they are, maybe they should cut down on the number of WSJ Op-Eds they write…

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