Supreme Court blocks YouTube broadcast of Prop 8 trial… for now

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Supreme Court blocks Prop 8 broadcastJust hours before the Federal court challenge to Prop 8 was slated to begin in San Francisco this morning, the Supreme Court stepped in and blocked its broadcast… for now.

The high court on Monday said it will not allow video of the trial to be posted on, even with a delay, until the justices have more time to consider the issue. It said that Monday’s order will be in place at least until Wednesday.

Opponents of the broadcast say they fear witness testimony might be affected if cameras are present.

Justice Stephen Breyer said he would have allowed cameras while the court considers the matter.

Acting less than two hours before the trial’s scheduled start, the justices said they also would not permit real-time streaming that would have allowed the trial to be seen in other federal courthouses.

Hopefully this is only a temporary setback, and ultimately the cameras are allowed to bear witness to who these people really are. Nothing like a little light to make the roaches scurry for the dark corners.

Post by ILO on 01/11/10 at 11:40 am