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Details about the coverage of next week’s Perry hearings

9th Circuit Court of Appeals Liveblogging Prop 8 trial Tapes Televising

By Jacob Combs

As you probably know, next Thursday, Dec. 8, is the date for the final two hearings in the 9th Circuit appeal of Perry v. Brown.  At 2:30 pm PST, the appellate panel will hear arguments regarding the release of court recordings made during the trial, and at 3:30, the panel will hear arguments regarding the motion to vacate Judge Walker’s decision because he has been in a long-term relationship with a man.  Both hearings will last one hour.  There will be no further arguments on the constitutional issues of the case, and the 9th Circuit could issue a decision at any time after next Thursday.

As always, we will be providing full coverage of the court proceedings.  Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs and Arisha Hatch will be at the James R. Browning Courthouse in San Francisco, liveblogging the proceedings, and Adam and I will be on P8TT helping them and bringing you all the day’s news.

The 9th Circuit panel has also agreed to allow the proceedings to be videotaped for a later broadcast by C-SPAN and NBC-7 San Diego.  For those living in San Francisco, the court will also be providing a live stream of the hearings in Courtroom One to other parts of the Browning Courthouse. (There will also be limited public seating in the courtroom itself).   A live remote feed will also be available at the Richard H. Chambers Courthouse in Pasadena, the U.S. Pioneer Courthouse in Portland and the William K. Nakamura Courthouse in Seattle.  Finally, the audio and video recordings will be available on the court’s website at or before noon of Dec. 9.  For more information on watching the live video streams in San Francisco or elsewhere, check here.

If you don’t happen to live in one of those cities or can’t make it to the courthouse to watch the live stream, make sure to follow next Thursday’s proceedings here at!


  • 1. James Sweet  |  December 2, 2011 at 10:54 am

    Looking forward to it. The live blogging is always exciting!

    I also have a feeling that the hearing about Walker's relationship is going to be brutal. Judges tend not to like having fellow judges' impartiality brought into question — it tars all of them, so even if the allegations are true, it doesn't make judge A happy to have to rule that way about judge B. You don't want to bring that kind of motion unless your case is rock-solid, and of course this one is not. I predict some strong words from the 9th Circuit…

  • 2. Carpool Cookie  |  December 2, 2011 at 11:30 am

    I like that the hearing is being videotaped for news broadcast….when the question is, Should videotapes of trials be made public : )

  • 3. peterplumber  |  December 2, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Yeah, we know the 9th likes to broadcast their courtroom hearings. Wanna predict the outcome of this appeal??

  • 4. 415kathleenk  |  December 2, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I cannot attend in person as i usually prefer but i will be at work and following closely on P8TT- thanks guys for all your hard work

  • 5. Michael  |  December 2, 2011 at 11:49 am

    I will be at the Pioneer Courthouse. BTW…..during the initial trial when the proceedings were supposed to be televised, the guards were real ding dongs. Hopefully those two guys retired.

  • 6. Kate  |  December 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    Can hardly wait!!!!! This is SO exciting and fun.

  • 7. Carpool Cookie  |  December 2, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Eeeek. I wish I could feel gleeful. I don't know that I find any legal proceedings "fun" : (

  • 8. Kate  |  December 2, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    That's 'cuz you're in the law biz, Cookie. Blessedly, I am not. And I love watching the proponents make fools of themselves in public instead of just to each other.

  • 9. bjasonecf  |  December 2, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    UPDATE: Perry Appeal

    ORDER. KQED’s request to radio (broadcast live) and/or audio-record for later broadcast the oral arguments on Dec. 8 is GRANTED.

    It is not yet known whether the station will broadcast live. If they do, it could possibly also stream live at their website –

  • 10. Christian  |  December 2, 2011 at 2:38 pm

    The original appeal in the Perry case was video-streamed to the Internet (by the court I thought). It sounds like that won't be the case this time. Would someone confirm this?

  • 11. Str8Grandmother  |  December 2, 2011 at 4:08 pm

    Let's take bets on how long we will wait for a decision. I bet 10 days or less. I can't wait to see Olson in action again. He really thinks fast on his feet and Cooper, not so much. I was just thinking yesterday, a week from today, back to court 🙂

  • 12. Jim  |  December 5, 2011 at 8:21 am

    Does anyone know if these hearings will be on live TV in San Diego, and if so which station on Time Warner. Previous hearings were on the CA court and legislation station.

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