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Supreme Court Blocks Judge Walker’s YouTube Order

I’m very pleased to pass along that the Supreme Court has entered an interim order barring Judge Walker both from real-time streaming the anti-Proposition 8 trial to other federal courthouses and from permitting any YouTube (or other) broadcasting of the trial. 

The Supreme Court’s order remains in effect until Wednesday afternoon.  In the meantime, the Court will decide whether to make it permanent.

Here’s the full text of the Court’s order:

Upon consideration of the application for stay presented to Justice Kennedy and by him referred to the Court, it is ordered that the order of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, case No. 3:09-cv-02292, permitting real-time streaming is stayed except as it permits streaming to other rooms within the confines of the courthouse in which the trial is to be held. Any additional order permitting broadcast of the proceedings is also stayed pending further order of this Court. To permit further consideration in this Court, this order will remain in effect until Wednesday, January 13, 2010, at 4 p.m. eastern time.