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Judge Ware Hears Arguments about Releasing Prop 8 Trial Tapes

In San Francisco, Judge Ware hears oral arguments on the request to release the Prop 8 trial recordings to the public.  Arguing for the plaintiffs, Ted Boutrous argues that the trial recordings should be released because the proponents of Prop 8 have accused Judge Walker of impartiality based on his sexual orientation.  The tapes, he argues, could help demonstrate that Judge Walker acted appropriately when he presided over the trial.  In general, Boutrous stresses the importance of allowing the public full access to the trial, to understand the arguments and testimony made in the courtroom.

Arguing for the proponents, David Thompson points out that Judge Walker assured the parties in writing that “the potential for public broadcast has been eliminated.”  Because of this, he argues, any broadcast outside of the district court would break that promise—including any review of the tapes by the Ninth Circuit that happened outside the courtroom.  Thompson does not dispute whether or not the tape is part of the public record; instead, he argues that it simply cannot be seen by anyone who is not a party to the lawsuit.

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  • 1. John  |  April 11, 2014 at 5:42 am

    I truly hope that I made it through all the plaecs to hop. I found out there are other hops going on. I’ve never won and I hope this is my first! I loved all the cards aiong the way! JoAnn H.

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