Monday, January 11, 2010

Supreme Court Bars Broadcast of Prop 8 trial

"Who are you? what's in your mind?/Behind the mask a mocking smile"

Just hours before the trial of the constitutionality of California's anti-marriage-equality Proposition 8 was set to commence, the Supreme Court of the United States has blocked the airing of the trial video on YouTube as well as the planned live streaming to other federal courthouses. See the AP story in the Sacramento Bee here. Perhaps the Court blocked this broadcast because they’d also previously blocked the disclosure of the identity of donors to the anti-marriage equality campaign in Maine. But there’s a difference between keeping something out of evidence and keeping identified witnesses in open court from being seen by the people of the nation. Keep in mind that this is the same Supreme Court on whom lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies are pinning their hopes for a successful outcome from this lawsuit.

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