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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.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.)

Comments (8)
  1. JaneQPublic says:

    The Pro-Prop 8 (“Let’s keep discrimination legal”) hacks probably would have had the same pathetic whine about the Scopes Monkey Trial….and any other historic litigation. Sorry Pro-8 peeps – it’s NOT the Inquistion or the Star Chamber – it is a PUBLIC TRIAL. Get over yourselves and go slither back under your rock….

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment:

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Watch & Listen LIVE