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SCOTUS Bars Video Coverage of Prop. 8 Trial

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Posted on Jan 11, 2010
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Bad news for anyone hoping to keep tabs on the Proposition 8 trial via YouTube: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court blocked a ruling by a federal judge to allow streaming video coverage of the trial contesting the ban on gay marriage in California. The top court’s decision holds only until Wednesday, however, so stay tuned.  —KA

Los Angeles Times:

In a brief order, the justices said they were halting the move by U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker “permitting real-time streaming” of the trial, “except as it permits streaming to other rooms within the confines of the courthouse in which the trial is to be held.”

“Any additional order permitting broadcast of the proceedings is also stayed pending further order of this court,” the justices said. They added that the temporary order “will remain in effect until Wednesday, Jan. 13.”

The high court did not explain its reasoning.

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By idarad, January 12, 2010 at 5:56 am Link to this comment

No surprise here - just another day in the regime.  Torture, endless war, secret courts.  I would only have been surprised at the opposite. There are two miscarriages of justice here, first is that anyone with even partial knowledge of the US constitution (no longer a proper noun) would know that you cannot put individual or group rights up to the vote of a majority- if you do than we can rest assure that the end of the experiment is upon us.  Second point, it is the courts who are responsible to protect the few from the many, and do so in an open forum for the world to see.  There can be no justice behind closed doors.  There wil be more nails in the coffin, but certainly these two are nails in the corner.

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By PatrickHenry, January 11, 2010 at 4:25 pm Link to this comment

The lady justice statue is blindfolded.

So much for transparency in the judical branch of government.

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