This afternoon there is yet another update to the ongoing legal battle to videotape Perry v Schwarzenegger and upload it to YouTube. That's the federal challenge to Proposition 8 will begin Monday in San Francisco. On Friday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to block the broadcasts. This morning, Prop 8 supporters petitioned the Supreme Court to intervene.
Variety's Ted Johnson writes at Wilshire & Washington:
In a filing from chief counsel Charles Cooper, they reiterated their argument that the plans for televised coverage diverges from "long standing policy of the Judicial Conference of the United States," but they also go further and claim that it is the result of "unlawful process used to ensure that the proceedings in this particular case would be broadcast, regardless of the consequences." They claim that the plans for cameras would cause witnesses "irreparable harm," and undermine the chance for a fair trial. They also argue that the idea of a broadcast—made possible by a recently launched pilot program—was put into place without the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals conducting a full review, including comments from the public."
Justice Anthony Kennedy, who handles requests from that circuit, has given attorneys Ted Olson and David Boies until noon ET Sunday to file a response.
What are the bigots afraid we will see?