A follow-up to my NRO essay yesterday on the show trial being orchestrated in the Proposition 8 case: There’s no end to Judge Vaughn Walker’s shameless procedural shenanigans. Some time today, Walker substituted a new notice for his New Year’s Eve surprise (and did so at the same hyperlink, thus erasing his previous notice). This new notice asserts that Walker’s court has already revised Local Rule 77-3, under the “immediate need” provision of 28 U.S.C. § 2071(e), to permit authorization of televised proceedings.
I’d say that at this point the only “immediate need” is for Walker to disqualify himself for his patent lack of impartiality — or for some higher court to step in.