9th Circuit Panel to Review Judge Vaughn Walker’s Prop 8 Ruling AnnouncedMelancton Smith • Monday November 29, 2010 11:09 AM PDT •
Today the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals disclosed the panel that will hear the appeal of Judge Vaughn Walker’s decision striking down Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. The panel will be: Judge Stephen R. Reinhardt—perhaps the most left-leaning judge on the federal bench; Judge Michael Hawkins—a very liberal judge; and Judge N. Randy Smith—a moderate compared to the other two.
With this panel, opponents of Proposition 8 should be feel pretty secure.
For a review of Judge Walker’s decision and the issues at hand, see William Watkins’ “Nationalizing Marriage”.
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