Federal Court Extends Stay on Seal of Prop 8 Videotapes

The battle over the unsealing of videotapes of the trial that overturned Proposition 8 in California was extended for another period yesterday as the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals extended a temporary stay put in place on September 26 until it can hear the appeal, the SF Chronicle reports:

Tv_olsonA federal appeals court Monday extended its decision to seal the videos of last year's same-sex marriage trial while it decides whether releasing the recordings would enhance the public's right to know about the legal system or endanger witnesses who favored Proposition 8.

The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said it will address the issue promptly, but the losing side is likely to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The court set a hearing date of December 5.

The American Foundation for Equal Rights has posted the court's order HERE.


  1. Pete n SFO says

    What a load of crap.

    When we look back on this, it is the legal system that will look the worst:

    Continuously manipulated over ridiculous minutia with no bearing in reality.

    If this were any other group besides gay people, it would be the lead on every news program.

  2. ynot says

    This court is making a mockery of justice by not only bending over backwards, but contorting into unbelievable positions just to protect the anti-gay bigots. Probably does not bode well for the future.

  3. Nigel says

    Justice delayed is justice denied. Nothing new here folks. The judiciary is simply playing games with the lives of a disfavored minority. Why did you think it would be different?

  4. Larry says

    It’s incredible that these people are protected, yet there’s no protection being offered to the person who was “caught” with Tyler Clementi…

  5. walter says

    why does the federal court keep allowing these
    bigots to hide where and who the money is from. it doesn’t help in democracy. there has to be a move to make all political contributions public. time to return the government to the people.

  6. Continuum says

    The Dems were asleep at the switch and allowed the Rethuglicans to populate the Federal Bench with their rightwing clones.

    The Citizens United opinion from the Supremes was only the tip of the iceberg.

    IOKIFYAR or if you’re a rightwing zealot. The law doesn’t apply to you.

  7. I'm Layla Miller I Know Stuff says

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law

    The letter of the law versus the spirit of the law is an idiomatic antithesis. When one obeys the letter of the law but not the spirit, one is obeying the literal interpretation of the words (the “letter”) of the law, but not the intent of those who wrote the law. Conversely, when one obeys the spirit of the law but not the letter, one is doing what the authors of the law intended, though not adhering to the literal wording.

    “Law” originally referred to legislative statute, but in the idiom may refer to any kind of rule. Intentionally following the letter of the law but not the spirit may be accomplished through exploiting technicalities, loopholes, and ambiguous language. Following the letter of the law but not the spirit is also a tactic used by oppressive governments.