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US Supreme Court Orders Secret Trials
The justices, acting on an emergency appeal, say streaming the proceedings on YouTube could jeopardize the fairness of the trial. ... [COMMENT by Lorenzo: So let me get this straight, letting the citizens of the Empire witness a trial without a jury would jeopardize the trial? The only thing that is in jeopardy here is justice.] . . . Reporting from Washington -- The Supreme Court today blocked video coverage of the trial in San Francisco testing the constitutionality of California's Prop. 8 and its ban on same-sex marriage. ... The court acted on an emergency appeal filed Saturday by the lawyers defending Prop. 8. They said their rights to a fair trial could be jeopardized if the proceedings were put on YouTube. . . . In today's order, the justices said they were blocking for now the order of U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker "permitting broadcast of the proceedings." ... The decision bars "real-time streaming" of the trial "except as it permits streaming to other rooms within the confines of the courtroom in which the trial is to be held." . . . Only Justice Stephen G. Breyer, a San Francisco native, dissented. "The papers filed, in my view, do not show a likelihood of irreparable harm."

"Proponents of the ban said the exposure could be harmful to those testifying in favor of the proposition." ... [COMMENT by Lorenzo: Translation of the preceding sentence: The homophobic bigots who supported Prop 8 are fearful of being exposed for being the mean-spirited, ignorant, anti-human cult followers that their actions show them to be.]

posted by Lorenzo 8:53 AM

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