Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Media wants to televise closings in Prop. 8 trial

Local TV stations and other media outlets are asking Chief U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker to allow televising of closing arguments in the trial involving a legal challenge to Prop. 8, California's ban on gay marriage.

According to the Merc and BCN, the media outlets argue that concerns about witnesses being shown on TV are not relevant during closing arguments, when only the lawyers talk. The media outlets also argue that TV should be allowed in this case now that the court has established rules for televising federal court proceedings.

The 12 organizations making the request are Cable News Network, In Session (formerly known as Court TV), Fox News, NBC News, CBS News, Hearst Corp., Dow Jones & Co., Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, McClatchy Co., KQED Public Radio and the Northern California Chapter of the Radio & Television News Directors Association.

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