Jenny Pizer: Cut! Why did the Supreme Court ban videocasting of the Olson-Boies marriage trial?
Karen Ocamb Marriage Movement
Prop 8 federal trial
Why did the Supreme Court ban videocasting of the Olson-Boies marriage trial?
By Jenny Pizer
Marriage Project Director, Lambda Legal
Following the emergency appeal filed by the Prop 8 team, the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled 5-4 that the federal marriage trial may not be videocast for public viewing at other federal courthouses. The earlier plan to upload trial video to the courts website already had been nixed by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' Chief Judge Kozinksi, who decided there are technical problems to be worked out before webcasting will be possible.
The high court's majority decision is troubling in its accommodation of Prop 8's proponents' supposed fears of harm. As the dissent points out, the standard for Supreme Court interference with trial court management of such things is high and the evidence of threat submitted was paltry at best. In other words, despite the many excited claims, when the details are parsed out, there's just not much there, there.
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