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Today’s Prop 8 trial hearing on releasing the tapes: Pre-hearing thread

Prop 8 trial

By Adam Bink

Good morning all!

  • Today’s the day of the hearing in Judge Ware’s courtroom regarding the plaintiff’s motion to unseal the tapes from the trial phase and release them to the public. The hearing begins at 9 AM PST, and a ruling could come at any point.
  • If you’re new to Courage Campaign Institute’s, welcome! This is a blog dedicated to covering the Prop 8 trial and other issues of LGBT equality. We’re powered by a community sharing information and working together to gain equality for all LGBT individuals. Whether new or returning, you may notice a pop-up box asking if you’d like to sign up for updates and action alerts related to the trial. As a community, we’ve banded together to influence the trial — most particularly related to the public’s right to view it, the subject of today’s hearing — and the more people we have working together, the more we can create change. We’ll keep your information private and only send you alerts we think you’d be most interested in. Thanks for signing up!
  • Rick Jacobs, Courage Campaign’s chair and founder, is on a crack-of-dawn flight to San Francisco to live-blog the trial. Ana’s there, as are many of you. I’m holding down the fort here at my desk. Many of you in the comments are also there. Remember to send in bits of info to prop8trial at couragecampaign dot org if you see something worth noticing. You can also post in the comments.
  • If you missed it, Rick’s blog post earlier on releasing the tapes can be found here or at Huffington Post.
  • If you’re not able to follow along here all the time, Courage’s Ana Beatriz Cholo will also be tweeting from @equalityontrial and @couragecampaign.
  • What are you hearing or reading this morning, and where are you following coverage from — the courthouse, home, work, the road?


  • 1. Mark M. (Seattle)  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:10 am

    Will be following along as best I can here and via twitter….busy day at work so will not be able to stay tuned completely.

  • 2. cooper888  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:11 am

    Thanks to everyone who will be tracking today's trial and providing updates. I'll be trying to follow along from work. I think I really need to start scheduling PTO days for the trial days since I likely won't be very productive here. ha

  • 3. Boo  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:23 am

    is this being televised in california?

  • 4. Kate  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:25 am

    No. Once again the DIs are being given what they want.

  • 5. Patrick  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:29 am

    Who is transcribing the trial and can we follow it here

  • 6. Adam Bink  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:32 am

    We are. Here.

  • 7. Ronnie  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:35 am

    Subscribing & sharing….. Today is also Dan Choi's trial.

    TODAY: Dan Choi's Trial Begins

    Here is the video of the protest at the White House from last November……… <3..Ronnie:
    [youtube p1ToocOZk24 youtube]

  • 8. Carly  |  August 29, 2011 at 9:15 am

    I am confused… Why were they arrested? It looks to be a peaceful protest… Why does the first amendment not apply then?

  • 9. ArkansasBob  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:43 am

    Watching from home in Arkansas

  • 10. Bob  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:48 am

    finally,,, the follow through on prop8,,,, been waiting for months,,,,,, thanks to all the bloggers,,, will be watching from Canada,,,,

  • 11. Alan_Eckert  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I should have swung by this morning on my way into work. I was in a zone and could only focus on one task at a time.

  • 12. Ann S.  |  August 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    You should have! We missed you.

  • 13. dwpiper  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Good morning, all! Following along, and desperately hoping the tapes will be released so the public has the chance to see the real, homophobic motives and tactics of the H8ters exposed.

  • 14. James Tuttle  |  August 29, 2011 at 8:52 am

    I'm super excited to see what excuses the DI's come up with as to why the trial tapes should remain sealed.

  • 15. John  |  August 29, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Awesome that there was a reference to a “Free the Tapes” sign. Kind of makes the point for the good guys that there is definitely at least interest by the public.

    Even ignoring how great these tapes would be for the issue at hand (equality), I have to wonder how much my education would have been enriched if I could have seen the lawyers arguing some of the most important cases of history – which this case will become. It’s one thing to read it in a history book. It’s quite another to see it. So I’ll cross my fingers.

  • 16. ReuttJewmed  |  October 24, 2011 at 3:33 pm

    Здравствуйте. Отзыв о работе мага Александра Цынь. Дело было еще в 2010 году. Я тогда работал в своей фирме в СПб. Мы с женой приехали работать и жить в СПБ осенью 2008 года. Сначала все было нормально, накопленного капитала мне хватило открыть маленькую компьютерную фирму и снять жилье. Фирма стала приносить прибыль. Но все изменилось в одночасье когда мы заключили контракт с фирмой из Владивостока. Все финансовые вливания в эту фирму рухнули через 4 месяца. когда фирма просто скрылась… Так как я занимаюсь интернетом, то стал искать в сети как наказать “обманщика”, но нашел не то что искал – и слава богу… Я наткнулся на объявление, скорее отзыв о работе мага Александра Цынь. Посмотрев, что маг занимается магией денег, я обратился к нему. В моей ситуации были назначены сроки около 40 суток. Я стал общаться с магом. По окончании сроков я заключил суперский контракт с одной немецкой фирмой. Дела пошли в гору. Александр, спасибо вам, что вытащили из той жуткой ситуации что была у меня. оставлю ссыль
    Павел, СПб

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