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FreakinDJ Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Dec-31-09 03:21 PM
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88. This is just a "Legal Opinion"
Walkers request wouldnt seem so unusual, given the immense interest in the Prop. 8 case. But if Social Security is the third rail of American politics, cameras in the court is responsible for electrocuting many a well-meaning federal judge. The national Judicial Conference thinks cameras shouldnt be allowed in district court proceedings, and many circuits around the country including the Ninth have followed that line. Just last week, the Seventh Circuit chided a Peoria, Ill., jurist for allowing cameras into a civil proceeding there.

So, if Walker is really serious, it appears he would need special permission from the Ninth Circuit Judicial Council to pull it off (a group which may not be totally unsympathetic). Same-sex marriage supporters dont have any problems with it.

But the Yes on 8 crowd sure does.

Given the highly contentious and politicized nature of Proposition 8 and the issue of same-sex marriage in general, the possibility of compromised safety, witness intimidation, and/or harassment of trial participants is very real, wrote attorney Charles Cooper (who we've just profiled on CalLaw this evening).

No matter how well intended it may be, IF ANYONE on that MAP was to claim they were harrassed, vandalized, intimdated, or otherwise "Felt Uncomfortable" you have just made the case for the Prop 8 Proponents arguements to EXCLUDE TV cameras from the court room

Sorry - that was the reason I said I didn't feel the map was a "Good Idea" and I could not support it. At least not a good idea at this time when the "Decision is PENDING". That opinion has nothing to do with my feelings about Prop 8 or Gay Marriage.

Does that help clear things up for you
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