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Feb 26, 2010: This Week in Prop 8: Week Ending Feburary 26
The pins-and-needles of the Prop 8 trial continued this week with new signs that the closing arguments might be televised.
Although the dates for the closing arguments still haven't been announced, that hasn't stopped court-watchers from speculating about cameras covering the event. That speculation heated up this week when the Chronicle noticed a rule change that just might open a minute window of possibility for televising the arguments.
It's important to remember two things before you get your hopes up for an exciting video spectacle: first, this is only the tiniest sliver of a possibility that cameras will be allowed in the courtroom; and second, trials are actually pretty boring. It's the protests and rallies afterwards that are exciting. No word yet on when those might happen.
Elsewhere, the grudge against Doug Manchester is still as strong as ever: the Prop-8 supporting hotelier just lost the business of the American Psychological Association, which decided not to meet at the Manchester Hyatt for its August conference.
And the mayor of Manhattan Beach waded into the Sisyphean effort to repeat Prop 8 later this year: Mayor Mitch Ward endorsed the effort, despite the report last week that they were lagging far behind on their signature-gathering.
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