Perry v. Schwarzenegger opening statements not to be taped

Timothy Kincaid

January 11th, 2010

From the Washington Post

The Supreme Court on Monday morning temporarily blocked a federal judge in San Francisco from showing on YouTube proceedings from a trial that will determine whether a ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional.

The court’s decision is not the final word; the stay sought by same-sex marriage opponents expires Wednesday. The court said that will permit justices “further consideration.” The trial is scheduled to start Monday.

Let us hope that the rest of the trial will be available to the public and not limited to those handful able to obtain a seat in the San Francisco courthouse.

Lindoro Almaviva

January 11th, 2010

So does this mean that NOM’s plea to one judge of the SCOUTS will be reviewed by all and not by their pet judge?

Richard W. Fitch

January 11th, 2010

Is it correct that this is a civil, bench trial; that is to say, no jury only Judge Walker? Will the proceedings be taped each day and held pending the SCOTUS decision or will they only be taped after approval by the Court?

Priya Lynn

January 11th, 2010

Richard, its my understanding from this post that the stay on taping the proceedings expires Jan 13th, and the trial starts Jan 18th so only the opening statments will be missed.

Matt

January 11th, 2010

Here’s a link to the full text of Olsen’s opening statement:

http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2010/01/ted-olsons-opening-statement.html#more

As well as Olsen’s recent Newsweek article:
http://www.newsweek.com/id/229957/output/print

Both are well worth the read.

Burr

January 11th, 2010

Thanks for the links, Matt.

Olson’s heart is clearly in the right place and he’s certainly giving it his best based on those statements.

Richard W. Fitch

January 11th, 2010

Would someone please post the opening statements of the defense. I feel Cooper may have already won the case — for Olson and Boies.

Priya Lynn

January 11th, 2010

I admire your optimism Richard.

Joel

January 12th, 2010

well that sucks… i so wanted to hear that. The concerns of the opponents are, imo, legitimate however.

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