Patterico's Pontifications

3/23/2013

Prop. 8 Defender Reacts to Yesterday’s Vaughn Walker Email Exposé

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:55 pm

I spoke today to Brian Brown of the National Organization for Marriage, to get his reaction to yesterday’s publication of emails showing Vaughn Walker checking with the pro-gay marriage side concerning whether Walker should attend the upcoming gay marriage arguments in the Supreme Court.

Brown said: “it makes you wonder whether other collusion was going on.” He said that whether or not any ethical rules were technically violated, the emails are “not appropriate in any way, shape, or form.” Brown said that these emails were just another example of Walker’s inappropriate behavior with respect to the case, from his failure to disclose his relationship with a man until after the trial to his decision to broadcast the trial publicly, which the Supreme Court halted as improper.

Brown laughed when I asked him if he was aware whwther the judge had made similar inquiries to anyone defending Prop. 8. Brown said that if Chuck Cooper had received such a request, “people would have heard about it. I don’t think there’s any love lost for Chuck Cooper” on Walker’s part, he said.

Brown said he is “very interested to see if this is the tip of the iceberg.”

And of course it may be. If Vaughn (who has not contacted me or to my knowledge disputed the emails’ authenticity) feels certain that these are the only emails that will emerge, that certainty may be misplaced.

You have not heard the last of this story. The Prop. 8 Legal Defense Fund blasted out the news in a mass email yesterday, and Brown said he plans to mention the controversy in an appearance on Fox News tomorrow. We got a flaming skull yesterday from Ace, and links from Breitbart, Hot Air, Ed Whelan at NRO, and others. The San Francisco Chronicle has a blog entry about it here. I have a feeling word will continue to spread.

NCAA tournament – 2nd Round Saturday

Filed under: General — JD @ 12:06 pm

[Guest post by JD]

Today started off with Michigan drubbing VCU by 25. It was the A10′s first loss, and makes the Big10 7-1 so far.

Michigan State takes on Memphis next. The Spartans and less athletic, but more physical, and far better coached. Big10 to 8-1.

Louisville should stroll by Colorado State.

Oregon was way under-seeded, and are long an athletic, they could give SLU a run for their money.

Gonzaga vs Wichita could be the game of the day. If both teams play like they did in the first round, the Shockers will shock the Zags.

Harvard’s first tourney win ever will not be followed by it’s second today. Arizona in a rout.

Cal’s gift of a 1st round home game is not going to be the gift that keeps on giving. Syracuse looked as good as anyone in the 1st round.

Butler vs Marquette could be a good one, but I think the athleticism of Marquette will prove to be too much for the Dogs to handle.

—JD


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