Prop. 8 supporters argue that Judge Vaughn Walker had a potential conflict because he has been in a relationship with the same man for a decade and might want to get hitched himself.
The sponsors of California’s same-sex marriage ban say the recent disclosure by the federal judge who struck down Proposition 8 that he is in a long-term relationship with another man has given them new grounds to appeal.
Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker retired in February, several months after his landmark decision that’s being challenged in an appeals court.
Scott Peterson has asked the California Supreme Court for more time to appeal his death penalty conviction.
The California Supreme Court today turned down an appeal by Susan Polk of her second-degree murder conviction in the killing of her estranged psychotherapist husband in Contra Costa County.
A federal appeals court in San Francisco has turned down a bid to allow gay marriages to resume in California while the Prop. 8 legal case is pending.
One thing that both sides in California’s same-sex marriage debate seemed to agree on now that a federal appeals court has heard the case: it will be a waiting game.
A federal appeals court began hearing arguments Monday on whether California’s same-sex marriage ban is constitutional in a hearing televised nationally.
UPDATE: A federal judge on a panel hearing an appeal over the legality of California’s same-sex marriage ban said Thursday he would not step down from the case as Prop 8 sponsors has hoped.
A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 3 on former BART police Officer Johannes Mehserle’s bid to be released on bail while he appeals his involuntary manslaughter conviction.