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U.S. Supreme Court blocks TV cameras in Prop 8 courtroom

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January 11, 2010

On Monday, January 11, the U.S. Supreme Court entered an interim order barring Judge Vaughn Walker from allowing real-time streaming in his courtroom of the federal trial on the constitutionality of California Proposition 8 (2008).

The high court's order remains in effect until the afternoon of Wednesday, January 13, while the court considers whether to make the order permanent.

The full text of the court's stay is:

"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."[1]

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