Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Litigation Over Perry Trial Tapes

From the Bay Area Reporter:

Proponents of Proposition 8 are appealing a decision to release tapes of the landmark Perry v. Schwarzenegger trial to the United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Judge William H. Orrick of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California had ordered July 9 that tapes of the 10-year-old trial be released next month.

"On the undisputed record before me, there is no justification, much less a compelling one, to keep the trial recordings under seal any longer," Orrick stated in last week's ruling. "The recordings shall become public on August 12, 2020."

Earlier this year, some Prop 8 proponents asked Orrick to extend the 10-year seal, and a hearing on the matter was held in Orrick's (virtual) courtroom June 17. KQED-TV, the Bay Area affiliate of the Public Broadcasting System, wanted access to the tapes for documentary purposes.

Read more here.

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