December 7, 2011
By Jacob Combs
Tomorrow is an exciting day in the Perry trial: we’ll be before the 9th Circuit arguing for the release of the trial recordings and against our opponents’ motion to vacate Judge Walker’s decision because he is in a relationship with a man. As Gayapolis reports, the day will start off with a “Free the Tapes” and “Motion to Marry” rally on the steps of the 9th Circuit courthouse at 1 pm, immediately preceding the hearings, which begin at 2:30 p.m. and will last for two hours.
There are many ways to get coverage of tomorrow’s hearings, not least of which is right here at Prop8TrialTracker.com. Rick and Arisha will be liveblogging from the courthouse in San Francisco, and Adam and I will be here on the site bringing you updates from news outlets throughout the day.
If you live in San Francisco, there is a chance you could watch the trial live at the James R. Browning Courthouse at 95 7th St. There will be a limited number of public seats available in Courtroom One, so if you’re interested, get there early! Remote viewing will also be available live at the Richard H. Chambers Courthouse in Pasadena, the U.S. Pioneer Courthouse in Portland and the William K. Nakamura Courthouse in Seattle.
Last week, the appellate panel that will hear the case granted a request from KRON-4, a San Francisco TV station, asking to televise the proceedings live and videotape them for later broadcast. The court had already approved requests from C-SPAN and NBC-7 San Diego to record the hearings for later broadcast. I spoke with KRON-4 earlier today and was informed that they have decided not to broadcast the hearings live (a disappointment), so for now, if you can’t get to one of the courthouses, you’re best bet is to follow us here on P8TT. The audio and video recordings of the trial will be available on the 9th Circuit’s website by noon on December 9. For more information about the hearings, check out this document from the 9th Circuit.
After tomorrow, the appeals panel could issue a decision any day (on the merits of Prop 8 and standing of its proponents to appeal; on releasing the tapes; and on the appeal of the decision concerning Judge Walker’s sexual orientation), either in one cumulative ruling or in several separate ones. The panel has moved swiftly in the past, and it seems likely that we will have a decision by the end of the year or in early 2012. Of course, we’ll have those updates when they happen. See you tomorrow for the hearings!