Potential Prop 8 Judge Wants Courtroom Cameras

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    Mike Anderson
    One of the judges who could decide the fate of Proposition 8 is keen to get TV cameras into courtrooms.

    One of the judges who could decide the fate of Proposition 8 is keen to get TV cameras into courtrooms.

    Judge Alex Kozinski wrote in the Fordham University law review that courtroom cameras would "give the public a full and fair picture of what goes on."

    Kozinski is no stranger to the camera himself. In the 1960s, he was a contestant on The Dating Game. (He won.)

    The issue of cameras in the courtroom has been a tricky one, particularly around Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the case that's challenging the marriage ban. Initially, proceedings were to be videotaped and posted on YouTube. But the anti-gay side balked, and the U.S. Supreme Court stepped into halt the postings. As a result, the ensuing trial remained largely invisible to the public.

    That first un-televised round was won by the plaintiffs when Judge Vaughn Walker ruled that Prop 8 is unconstitutional. Now it moves the the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

    And that just happens to be where Kozinski works. He's already expressed interest in the case, and has favorably ruled for LGBT equality in the past. It remains to be seen whether he'll be involved in Perry v. Schwarzenegger, but it's a more-than-distinct possibility.