A federal judge Monday ordered the unsealing of the video recordings in the Proposition 8 trial, handing gay-rights supporters another legal victory in their quest to legalize same-sex marriage in California.
U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Ware ruled that public interest in having the videotapes released outweighed the U.S. Supreme Court’s injunction preventing the broadcast of the 2010 trial, as well as any potential “chilling effect” on witnesses in future court proceedings.
“Foremost among the aspects of the federal judicial system that fosters public confidence in the fairness and integrity of the process are public access to trials and public access to the record of judicial proceedings,” said Judge Ware in his 16-page opinion.
“The court concludes that no compelling reason exists for the continued sealing of the digital record of the trial.”
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