The Ninth Circuit has posted the videos from Thursday’s Prop 8 trial that so many of us tried to hear live. The first video discusses Judge Vaughn Walker‘s public playing of a segment of his Prop 8 trial, which apparently has annoyed the right to no end. The second video, far more important, examines whether or not Judge Vaughn Walker should have recused himself, or at least outed himself and his ten-year long same-sex relationship.
The judges have yet to rule, and we’re not sure when they will, but we expect both a quick decision and a ruling in our favor on at least the second issue — and if you watch the entire video you’ll know why!
Frankly, I find the second video more compelling than the first, so if your time is limited, you might want to watch them in that order, but both are extremely important.
Head on over to the Courage Campaign’s excellent Prop 8 Trial Tracker to learn more.
Appeal No. 11-17255 involves an appeal of a ruling by Chief District Judge James Ware of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on September 19, 2011, allowing the public release of videotapes made of the civil bench trial in Perry v. Hollingsworth. This oral argument was heard on Dember 8th, 2011 in Courtroom One of the James R. Browning Federal Courthouse before Circuit Judges Reinhardt, Hawkins, and NR Smith.
Appeal No. 11-16577 involves an appeal of a ruling by Chief District Judge Ware on June 14, 2011, denying a motion to vacate the judgment in Perry v. Hollingsworth on the ground that the presiding judge, then-Chief Judge Vaughn R. Walker, now retired, should be disqualified from presiding over the case because he was involved in a same-sex relationship at the time. This oral argument was heard on Dember 8th, 2011 in Courtroom One of the James R. Browning Federal Courthouse before Circuit Judges Reinhardt, Hawkins, and NR Smith.
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