November 26, 2011
By Jacob Combs
Thanks to Kathleen, as always, for sending this our way. The 9th Circuit has set a hearing for December 8 at 3:30 pm for oral arguments regarding ProtectMarriage.com’s motion to vacate Judge Walker’s ruling striking down Proposition 8. (For background on the case and more information regarding the motion to vacate, check our post here.)
December 8 is also the day that both parties will present arguments to the 9th Circuit panel about Judge Ware’s decision to unseal the Perry trial recordings. That hearing is scheduled for 2:30 pm, so the panel is essentially consolidating all the different elements of the case into one court date. As usual, Courage Campaign’s Rick Jacobs and Arisha Michelle Hatch will be on hand to live-blog both hearings here on Prop8TrialTracker.com.
With a time for both of these hearings set, it appears increasingly unlikely that the appeals court will have another hearing on the merits of the case. Since all of the various motions and appeals will be fully argued on December 8, we can most likely expect a decision on the main appeal, the motion to vacate and the trial recordings anytime after that day.