No Broadcast of Prop 8 Trial Closing Arguments

Thanks to Karen Ocamb’s LGBT POV website, we learn that Judge Walker has withdrawn the Perry case from consideration for the Ninth Circuit’s pilot project for television, which means there will be no televising of the closing arguments.

There was some speculation by trial watchers and activists that the problems sited in the appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court could be resolved in time for closing arguments, but the court issued a press release damping down the speculation.

Certain recent articles have reported incorrect information about possible broadcasting of closing arguments in Perry et. al. v. Schwarzenegger et. al. , Civil Case No. 09-02292. This e-mail is intended to provide all media pass holders and other members of the media with current and correct information.

1.  On January 15, 2010, Chief Judge Walker withdrew his previous request to include Perry et. al. v. Schwarzenegger et. al . in the Ninth Circuit’s pilot program permitting broadcasting of district court proceedings in limited circumstances. On the same date, Chief Judge Kozinski approved the request to withdraw the Perry case from the program. Broadcasting closing arguments would require Chief Judge Walker to request that these arguments be included in the Ninth Circuit’s pilot program and approval of that request by Chief Judge Kozinski. No such request has been made.

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