Nope, No Live Feed/YouTube for Prop 8 Trial, Say the Supremes

In a 5-4 vote, the U.S. Supreme Court backed the defendants in Perry v. Schwarzenegger and granted their request to keep cameras out of the courtroom. The unsigned decision applies only to the satellite feeds that were going to be made available in five cities, but it’s far reaching enough to assume the YouTube delayed videos are also off the table. “The Court, chastizing the trial court for attempting “to change its rules at the eleventh hour,” issued an unsigned 17-page opinion. The ruling came out nearly 40 minutes after an earlier temporary order blocking TV had technically expired.”

And based on the Court’s explanation, they’re issuing the ruling based on a technicality: “We are asked to stay the broadcast of a federal trial. We resolve that question without expressing any view on whether such trials should be broadcast. We instead determine that the broadcast in this case should be stayed because it appears the courts below did not follow the appropriate procedures set forth in federal law before changing their rules to allow such broadcasting. Courts enforce the requirement of procedural regularity on oth- ers, and must follow those requirements themselves.”

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