Prop 8 Trial Still Live Online

Courtroom Wi-Fi means Web sites are where to follow the action in progress.

By Jackson West
|  Monday, Jan 11, 2010  |  Updated 1:15 PM PDT
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Prop 8 Trial Still Live Online

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You can't watch the trial online yet, but you get updates via Twitter.

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For those eager to follow the big federal court case on Proposition 8, California's gay-marriage ban, the Supreme Court played a big buzzkill in blocking a YouTube broadcast.

However, that doesn't mean you can't get a picture of what's happening inside the 9th District Court in San Francisco -- on NBCBayArea.com and other websites.

The Courage Campaign Institute's Rick Jacobs is liveblogging the event from the courtroom for the Prop 8 Trial Tracker.

They report that Judge Vaughn Walker told the courtroom that he received 138,542 comments in favor of disseminating video from the trial, and only 32 opposed.

The San Jose Mercury News is also updating its story on that publication's website, with reporter Howard Mintz regularly posting updates from within the court-room, where there at least working Wi-Fi.

Dan Levine, a reporter for legal news publication The Recorder, is also sending quotes and updates to the Web via Twitter under the handle @FedcourtJunkie.

"Boy I can see why #prop8 supporters don't want this on camera. If No on 8 put this in a commercial last year we may not be here now," Levine remarked during testimony from one of the plaintiffs, Paul Katami, regarding violence directed at him because of his homosexuality.

Finally, if you simply must see the proceedings, you can view the trial live via a simulcast at the James R. Browning U.S. Courthouse in San Francisco.

Jackson West is mad at the supremes.

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