Day four of the Prop 8 trial before Northern District Chief Judge Vaughn Walker started off pretty interesting. There was Walker cutting his losses on broadcasting the trial, informing the parties that he and Ninth Circuit Chief Judge Alex Kozinski agreed to withdraw the case from the circuit’s new pilot TV program. But, Walker is going to keep a video recording for himself, thanks very much.
Cooper tried to get the cameras stopped (they're rolling, broadcast or no) and the past days' recordings erased. Walker refused: “Recording would be quite helpful to me in preparing findings of fact. It's not going to be for public broadcasting.”
“Very well,” Cooper shrugged.
Following the money, until the fun runs out, after the jump.
Then we entered social science methodology hell. Legal Pad doesn’t dispute the need for Yes on 8 to pick apart the plaintiffs’ experts, mind you. We were just hoping the inquisition wouldn’t take quite so long. Apparently Walker agreed, reminding one attorney that he was conducting a cross exam, not a depo. One of the only light moments came when Cooper & Kirk of counsel Howard Nielson Jr. was cycling through one of Dr. Ilan Meyer’s papers, asking him if he wrote different portions — but all in separate questions.
“I wrote the entire article,” Meyer finally said with some frustration, prompting some laughs.
“Then you are different from some of the professors I had,” Nielson said.
Like we said, scintillating stuff. But we’ll be back tomorrow morning with the Twitter! It should get better.
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