Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 3 / 18 January 2018

Closing arguments in Prop 8 trial set for mid June

U.S. District Court  Judge Vaughn Walker (pictured at left) will hear closing arguments in the federal Prop 8 trial during the heart of gay Pride month.

Wednesday, April 28 Walker set June 16, which falls on a Wednesday, as the date to hear closing arguments in the case, though the date could change if there is a conflict with the schedules of either the judge or attorneys involved in the case.

The case has been in suspended animation since January 27, when trial testimony ended, as the two sides have fought over the release of documents connected to the campaigns waged in 2008 over Proposition 8. Voters passed the constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in California in the fall of 2008.

Lawyers Ted Olson and David Boies then filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of two same-sex couples seeking to strike down Prop 8, arguing it is in violation of their rights under the U.S. Constitution. The proponents of Prop 8, known as, intervened in the case after both Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown refused to defend the anti-gay measure in court.

Following the end of the two and a half week trial this winter, the Prop 8 proponents sought to admit into evidence internal documents from the No on 8 campaign. The pro-gay groups in turn fought the court’s ruling to turn over their campaign emails and other documents, and Walker had threatened to find them in contempt if they failed to do so by this morning.

Late Tuesday afternoon the No on 8 campaign groups announced they had won a clarification to the initial ruling and would release all “non attorney-client privileged” documents. The announcement cleared the way for Walker to schedule the closing arguments.

— Matthew S. Bajko, April 28, 2010 @ 12:46 pm PST
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