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Prop. 8 Supporters Want Judge To Return Trial Tapes

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS / AP) — The sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban want the now-retired federal judge who declared Proposition 8 unconstitutional to surrender videotapes of the trial that led to his ruling.

Lawyers for supporters of the voter-approved ban also asked the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday to prohibit former Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker from playing the recordings for anyone else.

The motion came in response to a talk Walker gave in February at the University of Arizona and rebroadcast on C-Span.

During his presentation, the judge showed a clip from the trial.

The lawyers say that violated a U.S. Supreme Court order and assurances from Walker.

A spokeswoman for Walker, Janis MacKenzie, said the judge was out of town and not available to comment.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

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