May 25, 2010
By Julia Rosen
Well this is a bummer, but unsurprising. AP:
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker issued a notice Tuesday stating that the final arguments scheduled for June 16 will not be transmitted beyond the San Francisco courthouse where he is hearing the case.
There is no reasoning that I can find, just this notice, which is now posted on the U.S. District Court website:
Chief Judge Walker has scheduled closing arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger for June 16, 2010 at 10:00 A.M. The proceedings are scheduled to end at 4:00 p.m., although the exact time cannot be predicted. A ruling is not expected on the day of the closing arguments.
All reserved seating passes have been allocated. Very limited seating is available on a first-come, first-serve basis for the main courtroom.
Simultaneous video transmission will be available in the ceremonial courtroom on the 19th Floor of the federal courthouse and for media representatives in the court’s media center on the first floor.
There will be no simultaneous transmission of the proceedings outside the courthouse.
We will be liveblogging the proceedings, just like we did the rest of the case and will be doing our best to ensure that what happens inside that courtroom in San Francisco does not stay in that courtroom.
[UPDATE] As noted in the comments, the AP has updated their story and added this note at the bottom:
(This version CORRECTS Corrects to say judge has NOT ruled on media coalition request.)
What we have is a notice posted on the court’s website that there will be no video outside of the courthouse, but not a specific ruling on the Media Coalition request.