Court blocks taping of Prop 8 trial
January 11, 2010
The Supreme Court is temporarily blocking plans to broadcast a trial involving California’s same-sex marriage ban. [San Francisco Chronicle]
The federal trial in San Francisco, scheduled to begin Monday, originally planned to air the proceedings on a delayed basis via YouTube.
The Supreme Court justices decided that the temporary ban would last at least through Wednesday. Opponents of the taping argued that witnesses might be intimidated by the camera.
Historically, the Supreme Court has been opposed to the idea of cameras in the courtroom.
UPDATE: Judge Vaughn Walker, presiding judge in the trial, announced the tally on public comments concerning the televising of the trial: 138,542 in favor, 32 opposed.