UPDATE 1.6.10: Per the San Jose Mercury News, “Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker approved court-operated cameras in his courtroom for delayed release on YouTube, but rejected a bid by media organizations to televise the proceedings themselves for live broadcast.” Attempts for live broadcastÂ are on-going.
Later this month the long-awaited trial of Proposition 8 will commence in a federal courtroom in San Francisco. Proponents will argue that Proposition 8 is a straightforward violation of the 14th Amendment and should be struck down.
People across California and across the country are eagerly awaiting the trial, and fully expect to be able to follow it on television. But Prop 8 supporters have asked the judge to close the courtroom to cameras.
Since this isn’t a criminal trial, there’s no defendant who could be harmed by having this made public, no jury that could be swayed by the cameras. Since only a tiny handful of people will ever be able to be in the courtroom itself, and because such a large number of citizens are interested in the outcome of the case, doesn’t it make sense to allow cameras in the courtroom?
Prop 8 forces have organized to persuade Judge Vaughn Walker, who was previously planning to allow cameras, to close the courtroom to cameras. He has agreed to hold a hearing on the matter next week and is asking for public comments by this Friday.
You can sign your name here to request that Judge Walker allow the trial to be televised. Or if you are on Twitter please tweet the following:
RT @CourageCampaign Urgent: sign the letter to Judge Walker. Tell him to televise the Prop 8 trial http://bit.ly/59ody5
H/T Credo Action, Courage Campaign, and Calitics