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Judge Orders Prop 8 Trial Tapes Unsealed Effective September 30

Jim Burroway

September 19th, 2011

U.S. district chief judge James Ware ruled today (PDF: 65KB/16 pages) that video recordings made during the Proposition 8 trial should be made public. Judge Ware wrote, “Foremost among the aspects of the federal judicial system that foster public confidence in the fairness and integrity of the process are public access to trials and public access to the record of judicial proceedings,” and dismissed Prop 8 supporters’ claims as “unsupported hypothesis or conjecture” that releasing the tapes would have a “chilling effect” on witnesses.

The judge accompanied his ruling with a stay effective until September 30 to allow opponents to the move to file an appeal. Prop 8 supporters are expected to appeal.

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Tim Stewart
September 19th, 2011 | LINK

Of course, what they are really concerned about is the embarrassment that publicizing the recordings will cause them.

Roa
September 19th, 2011 | LINK

If these witnesses are so spineless that they don’t want to be known then maybe they sould have kept their mouths shut. Gays have known the “chilling effect” for as long as any of us can remember. We either stayed in the closet or came out and stood up for ourselves, sometimes risking everything. The deck has always been stacked against us yet we pushed forward. If they wanted to keep their bigotry closeted they should have stayed closeted.

Bernie
September 19th, 2011 | LINK

@ Tim, You took the words right out of my mouth!

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