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Keen News: Mid-day report: Day 9 Prop 8 trial

Friday morning’s court session began with the surprising announcement by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Vaughn Walker that he would delay the delivery of closing arguments in the case until at least several weeks after case is presented.

Walker, who engaged in an unusually active questioning of both sides during their opening statements, has the aggressive approach of a Supreme Court justice rather than a district trial level juror.

“Given the volume of material” being introduced into evidence in the lawsuit challenging Proposition 8, said Walker, he thinks it would be “much more productive and useful if I have a chance to tease out some questions.” That, of course, means he intends to have an equally active questioning of both sides during closing arguments.

Read the rest of Lisa Keen’s article here.