Prop 8 challenge to be videotaped
January 7, 2010
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that next week’s trial in San Francisco of a lawsuit challenging Proposition 8 can be videotaped for delayed Internet release on YouTube. [San Francisco Chronicle]
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker ordered the coverage.
Proposition 8 is the recently-passed initiative that banned same-sex marriage in California. Sponsors of the original proposition have been trying to block the videotaping, fearing witness intimidation might preclude a fair trial.
Walker rejected those concerns, though he did leave open the option of blocking certain faces, or muting voices on the YouTube coverage. The nonjury trial is scheduled to begin on Monday.
The coverage will be the first for a federal trial in California.