Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Oral arguments in Prop 8 appeal to be on live TV

C-SPAN has been granted permission to televise oral arguments in the federal Prop 8 appeal live December 6, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, which is in San Francisco, announced today.

The hearing is set to begin at 10 a.m.

Additionally, KGO-TV Channel 7 will be allowed to tape the proceedings for later broadcast, the court said.

U.S. District Court Judge Vaughn Walker, who ruled in August that California’s same-sex marriage ban was unconstitutional, had tried to allow cameras in his courtroom when he heard the case. But Prop 8 backers had protested the idea, claiming their witnesses would be harassed if they appeared on TV.

The U.S. Supreme Court ultimately ruled against allowing the district court case to be televised.

The oral arguments next month isn’t set to include witnesses.

C-SPAN will serve as the pool-feed for all media organizations that submit an application.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, November 17, 2010 @ 5:33 pm PST
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