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alp227 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 01:41 PM
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GOP lawyers veto court cameras in same-sex case
Source: San Francisco Chronicle

Lawyers for House Republicans have vetoed a federal judge's proposal to allow cameras in the courtroom during arguments in San Francisco next month over insurance coverage for same-sex couples.

The Oct. 21 hearing would have been the first in the Bay Area to be recorded and posted online for public viewing under a pilot project announced by U.S. court administrators in June for 14 federal districts, including the San Francisco-based Northern District of California.

But the proposal by U.S. District Judge Jeffrey White, an appointee of President George W. Bush, needed approval from all parties in the case. The plaintiff, a court employee seeking benefits for her wife, and the Justice Department both consented, but lawyers for the Republican-controlled House of Representatives told White on Friday that their client "prefers not to participate." They did not elaborate.

The House entered the case after President Obama withdrew Justice Department legal support from the Defense of Marriage Act, a 1996 law that denies federal benefits to same-sex spouses. The San Francisco suit, one of several challenging that law, was filed by Karen Golinski, who is seeking family insurance coverage for the woman she married in 2008.


Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/0...
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SpiralHawk Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 01:43 PM
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1. Republicon occultism.
As usual.

They (R) like to hide in the shadows to do their shameful deeds.

Republicons are totally occult, and totally into hypocrisy.

The record is starkly, horrifyingly clear.
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AngryAmish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 01:44 PM
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2. Notwithstanding the merits of this case, cameras do not belong in the courtroom
People act differently with cameras present. Some people very much want to be on tv, and will alter their testimony (or if a lawyer their representation of their client) in order to be outrageous. Or some people will avoid the courtroom if they think they will be on tv.

Keep it out.
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SoapBox Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 02:45 PM
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3. Like the smoking man on X-Files...hiding in the shadows.
Heaven forbid that these GOPBaggers and Teh Crazy, be brought out into the light.

The stuff that they were using in defense of Prop. 8 was INSANE!

This site really did a lot of following of the case:

http://www.prop8trialtracker.com/
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fascisthunter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Sep-13-11 06:36 PM
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4. I Guess They DOn't Really Believe in their Own Shit Then
too afraid the public will see how fucking ridiculous and hatefilled their agenda is. Bunch of pathetic weasels.
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