Ninth Circuit to hear and broadcast appellate arguments today

Appellate arguments in Perry v. Schwarzenegger begin at 10am PST today.

The proceedings are expected to last for about two hours. During the first hour, lawyers will argue whether Proposition 8 supporters have standing to appeal U.S. District Judge Vaughn Walker’s August decision, which struck down California’s gay marriage ban.  During the second hour, attorneys will address whether the ban violates the U.S. Constitution.

Both sides expect to weather vigorous questioning from a three-judge panel featuring Ninth Circuit judges Stephen Reinhardt, Michael Hawkins, and N. Randy Smith.

The panel will sit in Courtroom One of the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco.  Public seating will not be available there.  However, several media outlets, law schools, and courthouses are hosting live broadcasts of the proceedings.  Please click below for details on how to attend or tune in.

TELEVISION: C-SPAN will broadcast the proceedings nationwide.  Bay Area residents can view that feed on Channel 15 or tune in to another broadcast on ABC’s Channel 7.

RADIO: California Public Radio will air the arguments in a special broadcast of The California Report, which can be heard on 35 California stations, including 88.5FM in San Francisco and 89.3FM in Sacramento.  The proceedings will also be available on 810AM, KGO Newstalk.

ONLINE:  The outlets listed above will stream the proceedings on their websites.

LAW SCHOOLS: UC Berkeley School of Law will host a live, closed-circuit feed of the proceedings in Room 115.  Other law schools hosting on-campus viewings include Harvard, NYU, Stanford, University of Arizona, UC Hastings, UCLA, University of Chicago, and Yale.

COURTHOUSES: Federal courthouses in the following cities will host viewings for the public:

Boston, MA:  Courtroom 11, 5th Floor, John Joseph Moakley U.S. Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way.

Brooklyn, NY:  Courtroom 6A, 6th Floor, Theodore Roosevelt U.S. Courthouse, 225 Cadman Plaza East.

Pasadena, CA:  Mezzanine Conference Room, Richard H. Chambers U.S. Courthouse, 125 South Grand Ave.

Portland, OR:  Pioneer Courtroom, U.S. Pioneer Courthouse, 700 SW Sixth Avenue.

San Francisco, CA:  Overflow areas of the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse, 95 7th St.  Another viewing will be hosted in the Ceremonial Courtroom located on the 19th Floor of the Philip Burton Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse, 450 Golden Gate Ave.

Seattle, WA:  Courtroom 1, 8th Floor, William K. Nakamura U.S. Courthouse, 1010 Fifth Ave.


One Response to “Ninth Circuit to hear and broadcast appellate arguments today”

  1. Really glad I found this blog. It was a great idea to send two former journalists there to report.

    I get a chuckle every time I see Schwarzenegger as a defendant :)

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