Court rules Prop 8 videos to remain sealed 

click to enlarge A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that a video recording of a 2010 trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, must remain sealed. - GETTY IMAGES FILE PHOTO
  • Getty Images file photo
  • A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that a video recording of a 2010 trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, must remain sealed.

A federal appeals court in San Francisco ruled Thursday that a video recording of a 2010 trial on the constitutionality of Proposition 8, the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, must remain sealed.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it was bound by a promise made by then-U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker of San Francisco during that trial that the video would not be broadcast.

“The trial judge on several occasions unequivocally promised that the recording of the trial would be used only in chambers and not publicly broadcast,” wrote Circuit Judge Stephen Reinhardt.

The nonjury trial before Walker, who has since retired, was on a lawsuit in which two couples challenged Prop. 8.

Walker ruled in August 2010 that the measure violated the U.S. Constitution. The sponsors of the initiative have appealed to the 9th Circuit, but the court has yet to make a ruling.

Tags: ,

About The Author

Bay City News

Pin It
Favorite

Speaking of News

More by Bay City News

Latest in Nation

Saturday, Dec 3, 2016

Videos

Most Popular Stories

© 2016 The San Francisco Examiner

Website powered by Foundation