Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware agreed to release video recordings of the Proposition 8 trial to the public.
The Associated Press reports:
A federal judge decided Monday to unseal video recordings of last year’s landmark trial on the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban.
Chief U.S. District Judge James Ware agreed with lawyers for two same-sex couples who sued to overturn Proposition 8 and with a coalition of news outlets ? including The Associated Press ? that no compelling reasons exist to keep the recordings secret.
His order will take effect on Sept. 30 unless a higher court overrules him.
“Foremost among the aspects of the federal judicial system that foster public confidence in the fairness and integrity of the process are public access to trials and public access to the record of judicial proceedings,” Ware wrote in his 14-page order.
The religious and conservative groups that sponsored the voter-approved ban known as Proposition 8 had opposed having the videos made public.
They argued that Ware’s predecessor, former Chief Judge Vaughn Walker, had assured them the recordings would be made only for his private use. Walker decided to tape the proceedings after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the trial could not be broadcast.
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