OPEN COURTS -- "Next
week's trial in San Francisco of a lawsuit challenging the initiative
that banned same-sex marriage in California won't be televised live,
but it will be videotaped for delayed Internet release on YouTube," reports Bob Egelko for the San Francisco Chronicle.
U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker in San Francisco ordered the video
coverage, the first ever for a federal trial in California, over the
objections of Proposition 8's sponsors. Their lawyer argued that
allowing the proceedings to be viewed outside the courthouse would
violate their right to a fair trial by intimidating their witnesses.