Today at noon ET, the plaintiffs in the Perry v. Brown case will be back in District Court for a hearing in front of Chief Judge James Ware regarding whether the video recordings of the Proposition 8 trial can be released to the public. Proposition 8 was ruled unconstitutional in August 2010.
The desperation of the proponents of discrimination in this case have fought tooth and nail to suppress these tapes. Why? Because their “evidence”, which amounts to “we don’t like gays and lesbians marrying” was completely destroyed. Ted Olsen and David Boies legally humiliated the few pro-Prop 8 “experts” that decided to take the stand. (BTW, Maggie Gallagher was nowhere to be found as far as testimony during this trial).
The event will be live-Tweeted by The American Foundation for Equal Rights (@AFER), the sole sponsor of the Perry case, and you can follow it via the PHB widget in the sidebar.
From AFER’s emailed press release:
During the Prop. 8 trial, then-Chief Judge Vaughn Walker allowed the entire trial proceedings to be videotaped. Because the trial tapes are now part of the District Court record and record on appeal, Plaintiffs contend that the First Amendment and the common law establish a strong presumption that these judicial records are open to the public. Moreover, Prop. 8 Proponents have offered no legitmate reason or factual evidence to keep the entire video recording of the trial secret.
The City and County of San Francisco and Media Coalition members including The LA Times, CNN, The New York Times, FOX News, NBC News, The Associated Press and others filed briefs urging the court to release the videotapes of the public trial.
In addition, both The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times editorial boards published editorials last week calling for the release of the Prop. 8 trial tapes, and The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press published an Op-Ed advocating for the public’s right to see the video recordings.
NOTE: The Courage Campaign’s Prop 8 Trial Tracker is liveblogging the hearing today.