Fight Over Prop 8 Videos Continues - NBC Bay Area

Fight Over Prop 8 Videos Continues



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    The long, winding legal road for Prop 8 continues Monday with a hearing set in a San Francisco courtroom.

    A federal judge will hear arguments over whether to release the video recordings from the original Prop 8 trial, presided over by Judge Vaughn Walker. Walker had his staff record the proceedings, with the assumption they were for his personal archive.

    He has since used a short portion of those recording during a lecture at the University of Arizona. He was sued by the ban's proponents for that usage. Ruling on that case has been suspended "while the State Supreme Court considers whether proponents of ballot measures have legal standing to defend them when state officials decline to do so," according to KQED.

    Lawyers representing same-sex couples want the videos released to the public as part of the Constitution's guarantee of an open trial.

    Backers of the ban on same-sex marriage will argue that the tapes should be kept unpublicized, citing a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned cameras from broadcasting the trial in the first place.

    The hearing begins at 9 a.m. PDT.