Prop. 8 trial won’t be televised live, but we’ll get delayed video

We won’t be watching next week’s Prop. 8 trial live on our television. Via Karen Ocamb:

Despite thousands of people responding to a request for comments on allowing a live TV pool camera in the courtroom for the federal Prop 8 trial starting next Monday, Judge Vaughn Walker just declined that offer by a Media Coalition and In Session TV.

However, Judge Walker ordered a TV recording of the proceedings for delayed web distribution on YouTube the next day – pending approval by the 9th Circuit.

So, yeah, instead we’ll be able to see a delayed feed online, a development that was also tweeted by the American Foundation for Equal Rights (which hired superstar lawyers David Boies and Ted Olsen):

Judge: pending approval from 9th Circuit, trial will be recorded daily for delayed posting to internet.

This is actually a big step for a federal court. Cameras have never been allowed in federal courts, although the 9th Circuit, which includes California, has been studying the issue.


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