Jerame Davis

California Sunshine: Prop. 8 Tapes to be Released

Filed By Jerame Davis | September 19, 2011 3:00 PM | comments

Filed in: Fundie Watch, Politics
Tags: AFER, California, gay marriage, Judge James Ware, marriage equality, Prop 8, Prop. 8, same-sex marriage

Today, US District Judge James Ware ruled that the video of the Prop. 8 trial will be released to the public. Of course, the proponents of Thumbnail image for Poster opposing Prop 8Prop 8, who fought to keep the trial from being televised originally, aren't very happy. From Variety's Wilshire and Washington blog:

Ware wrote that he found "no compelling reasons" to continue sealing the tapes.

He wrote, "Foremost among the aspects of the federal judicial system that foster public confidence in the fairness and integrity of the process are public access to trials and public access to the record of judicial proceedings. Consequently, once an item is placed in the record of judicial proceedings, there must be compelling reasons for keeping that item secret."

The order will be effective September 30, barring intervention from a higher court based on the inevitable appeal.

Chad Griffin, American Foundation for Equal Rights Board President said, "This is a significant victory for the American people, who will soon be able to see the evidence put forward by both sides in this historic federal trial. Unlike political campaigns, in a court of law, the truth and facts are all that matter." AFER was the sole sponsor of the Perry lawsuit.

You can read the judge's full decision [pdf] courtesy of AFER.

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I may have missed it on Bilerico, Jerame, but Judge Ware's decision to release the videotapes comes on the same day that parts of the transcript will be read by such actor luminaries as Morgan Freeman in "8". Your link to Variety's Wilshire and Washington blog has more details.

california panda | September 19, 2011 8:34 PM

Only those who fear the truth being made known are the ones who attempt to hide that truth from being made public. I doubt that the release of court transcripts will sway those who's minds are already made up though. For them the truth is simply an inconvenient embarrassment.