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Prop. 8 Trial Caught On Tape (Sort Of)

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  • Prop. 8 Trial Caught On Tape (Sort Of)

    Chalk it up as a victory by Hollywood over Washington, D.C.

    The Supreme Court of course has prohibited video coverage of the California same-sex marriage trial, forcing so many of us desk jockeys to crave details about the vibe inside San Francisco federal judge Vaughn Walker’s courtroom.

    A group of Los Angeles filmmakers has answered the call, creating dramatic reenactments of the trial with the help of an all-star cast. There are 12 scheduled “episodes,” one for each day of the trial.

    Here’s an article from about the reenactments, which debuted yesterday and can be found at

    Testimony in the Prop 8 trial ended last week, and closing arguments have been scheduled for next month

    “We were poised … getting ready to watch” the trial when the Supreme Court banned cameras, filmmaker John Ainsworth told SFGAte. “It frustrated me. Who were they to say that I can’t watch this, especially when it’s in a public courtroom?”

    So who’s the all-star cast in the Prop 8 drama?

    Tess Harper, who was nominated for an Academy Award for “Crimes of the Heart,” plays plaintiff Sandra Stier, a Berkeley woman suing for the right to marry her partner. The lovely Adrienne Barbeau portrays one of the plaintiffs’ witnesses, psychology professor Letitia Peplau.

    And Gregory Itzin, who plays the president in the television series “24,” is cast as star defense witness David Blankenhorn, president of the Institute for American Values.

    If this idea takes off, can we next count on a full slate of reenacted Supreme Court oral arguments. One can only dream.

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