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Judge Walker responds to the “Oh, Noooes! Teh Ghehs Will Recognize Me” hysteria

Timothy Kincaid

April 14th, 2011

Yesterday we reported that the Proposition 8 Proponents were demanding that all copies of the videotaped trial be collected, based on the fears that someone might recognize a witness from CSPAN’s video of the video from a distance and at an angle.

I noted that this was preposterous and that their real issue is that they don’t want any audio (and especially video) ever to go public of them saying what they said under oath.

Today Judge Walker responded. He informed the court that the clip was three minutes of the two week trial (which he thought was permissible) but that he would abide by the court’s decision. His conclusion truly sets the entire conflict in perspective:

The Perry case involved a public trial. As Chief Justice Berger observed some years ago, “People in an open society do not demand infallibility in their institutions, but it is difficult for them to accept what they are prohibited from observing.”

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TomTallis
April 14th, 2011 | LINK

Which is, of course, exactly why the proponents have filed this motion with the Ninth Circuit. I hope that Olson and Boies take them apart, limb from limb in their response.

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