Gavel Grab

Appeals Court: No Public Release of Prop 8 Trial Video

 A federal appeals court ruled Thursday against public release of video from the historic 12-day trial in San Francisco over the constitutionality of California’s ban on same-sex marriage, called Proposition 8. The 2010 trial led to a judge’s overturning the ban.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals handed a defeat to media organizations and advocates of same-sex marriage, saying the trial judge had offered assurances the video would remain sealed.

Thursday’s ruling emphasized that it was addressing the facts of the California case and not broader issues of public access to court proceedings, according to a San Jose Mercury News article.

In an opinion by Judge Stephen Reinhardt, the court said Proposition 8 backers were “entitled to take [U.S. District Court] Chief Judge Walker at his word when he assured them that the trial recording would not be publicly broadcast or televised.”

In addition, the court said Judge Vaughn Walker, who subsequently has retired, was not entitled to keep a copy of the video recordings, a Los Angeles Times article said.

To learn more about the case, see Gavel Grab.

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