Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 11 / 15 March 2018

Prop 8 backers file appeal in court tapes case

Backers of California’s Proposition 8 filed notice Friday that they’re appealing a ruling that videos of court testimony related to the same-sex marriage ban should be unsealed in 2020.

For years, Prop 8’s anti-LGBT proponents have sought to protect their allies, whose testimony in the court case formerly known as Perry v. Schwarzenegger was found unconvincing by now-retired U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker. Walker ruled in 2010 that Prop 8 was unconstitutional.

San Francisco’s KQED public radio and TV station filed a motion in April 2017 to unseal the tapes, which have never been broadcast in full.

In January 2018, U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick ruled that the tapes should remain sealed until August 12, 2020, “absent further order from this court that compelling reasons exist to continue to seal them.” In his ruling, Orrick noted that Walker had said that the tapes would only be for his personal use in preparing his findings.

— Seth Hemmelgarn, February 16, 2018 @ 6:40 pm PST
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