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Liveblogging Day 9: Daily Summary

By Julia Rosen

I just got off the phone with Rick. He sounds like he is really looking forward to the weekend. I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t as well. I’m sure your refresh buttons are as well. Even though it was a short week, it was action packed.

Today’s proceedings were a bit tedious, at least in the afternoon, as Nielson repeatedly attempted to get Professor Herek to say that gay and lesbians can change their sexual orientation. Dr. Herek hung tough and Nielson is lucky he didn’t totally tick off Judge Walker with his repetitive questioning.

Rick will be back liveblogging on Monday morning and we will have fresh content throughout the weekend, including a few guest posts from some new voices. Personally, I am looking forward to a post from my friend and coworker Caitlin who just proposed to her fiance Jen last weekend. They will be talking about this case and the difficulty in deciding where to get married, and have it be legal.

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And without further ado, here is your daily summary. (more…)

41 Comments January 22, 2010

Liveblogging Day 9: Part IV

By Rick Jacobs

Judge: Says to Boutrous (B), “So if the defendants finish their cross 90 minutes before 4:00PM, you’ll finish your case today?”

B: Yes.

Nielson (N): That’s a target, but unrealistic.

Judge: We have something to shoot for and can be optimistic.

N: Another article.

K: Given measurement problems, one could seriously doubt that sexual orientation is a serious concept at all. Do you think that is unreasonable?

Dr. Gregory Herek (H): Well, I think they are raising that (hard to hear due to static) as philosophical way of discussing various positions. (more…)

192 Comments January 22, 2010

Liveblogging Day 9: Part I

By Rick Jacobs

Judge: Next witness?

Boutrous: What is timing of the closing arguments?

Judge: I think given the volume of evidence we should have the closing argument sometime in the future, probably in the distant future. That way I can read and review the evidence, tease out questions in the closing. Does anybody have a problem with that?

B: Wants to enter into evidence some documents.

[UPDATE] 9:13

Cooper: We have done our counter depositions and are ready to enter those counter designations.

Boies: We are going through them now. I know we will object that some are outside of any expertise the witnesses have, but we’ll be ready to submit those this afternoon. (more…)

130 Comments January 22, 2010

Liveblogging Day 8: Daily Summary

By Julia Rosen

Wow! What a day. Dr. William Tam was the star of the show today. The comments were flooding in as Trial Trackers obsessively refreshed the page.

But before Tam took his seat on the witness stand, Dr. Segura finished his testimony. Then all eyes turned to Tam who brought the crazy, as everyone expected. The Prop 8 lawyers did their best, filing objection after objection to keep Tam and evidence out of the court record, but Judge Walker let it fly.

Note: Be sure to stick around. Brian Leubitz has a post on Tam going live in a little bit and Robert Cruickshank will be writing later about how today’s SCOTUS decisions on corporate dollars in politics relates to Prop 8.

With that said, here is your daily summary of Rick Jacobs’ liveblogging. He will be back tomorrow as the plaintiffs finish their case and the defense starts calling their witnesses. (more…)

45 Comments January 21, 2010

Liveblogging Day 8: Part III Gathering Storm aired

By Rick Jacobs

Theodore Boutrous (B) continues his redirect of Dr. Gary Segura (S)

S: Definitely want to look at hate crimes during campaign. Close correlation between hate crimes and election outcome/high emotion.

B: Puts up government report showing numbers of crimes against GLBT during campaign.

S: Range of crimes might be simple fisticuffs in protest to people who did not follow non-violent premises. Some of Freedom Riders fought back against crowds that greeted them with violence when they got off the bus in Mississippi.

B: 34 people died in Watts Riot. Was that a significant event of violence that many Americans saw and read about?

S: Yes. (more…)

147 Comments January 21, 2010

Liveblogging Day 7: Daily Summary

By Julia Rosen

It’s that time of the day, where we compile the massive liveblogging into one thread for those who have broken F5 keys, or kids that demand their attention, or professors, or bosses and couldn’t stay obsessively refreshing all day long.

Today, Rick Jacobs and Brian Leubitz took turns again posting. Tomorrow, Rick will be there throughout the day. We are getting close to the end of the plaintiff’s witnesses. They might be able to wrap up tomorrow, but it could bleed into Friday. (more…)

17 Comments January 20, 2010

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