Prop 8 Postponement Denied, Trial To Be Broadcast Live To Courthouses Across The Country

(SAN FRANCISCO) The motion by supporters of Proposition 8 to postpone the broadcast of the federal lawsuit to overturn the public referendum has been denied by the 9th Circuit Court US Dist Courtof Appeals.

A brief decision issued Friday evening by Justices Bary Silverman, Richard Paez, and Carlos Bea turned down the motion, “Petitioners have not demonstrated that this case warrants the intervention of this court by means of the extraordinary remedy of mandamus.”

In a separate announcement by the US District Court Of Northern California, the Proposition 8 trial will be broadcast live via closed circuit video feed to five other locations.

The live feed will be linked to a room at the US Court of Appeals in Portland, Oregon, the Federal Courthouse in Seattle, Washington, the Federal Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York, the Federal Courthouse in Pasadena, California and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, California.

According to the statement, more locations could be announced.

This is the first federal trial to allow cameras in the courtroom.  It’s part of a pilot program that was first proposed in 1990.

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Motion Filed By Supporters Of Prop 8 To Postpone Broadcasting Federal Trial

US Dist Court(SAN FRANCISCO) A motion has been filed with the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals to postpone televising the Proposition 8 Federal Trial before US District Judge Vaughn Walker.

In two motions filed by supporters of Prop 8, attorneys asked Judge Walker to delay his order to upload the entire proceedings to YouTube.  Prop 8 supporters say they want the delay until the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals reviews Walker’s decision.

The emergency petition was filed with the 9th Circuit Court and US District Court.   The 9th Circuit gave the plaintiffs in the case till 3pm Friday to file their response.

Yusef Robb, a spokesman with the American Foundation for Equal Rights, said they filed their response just before the 3pm deadline.

“We think the American People should be able to see this court in action as it weighs this important case,” Robb said in a brief phone conversation.

Theodore Olson, one of the lead attorneys in the Federal lawsuit to overturn Proposition 8, said following a recent hearing he believes this case is a perfect opportunity for the public to watch as constitutional issues are being decided.

Supporters of Prop 8 have opposed this trial being the pilot for the US Federal courts to televise trials in their entirety.  They argued during a January 6th hearing that televising this trial would imperil their clients and expose their witnesses to public intimidation.

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