A reader writes:
What strikes me about Judge Walker's opinion is the amount of evidence he included there - numbered, paraphrased facts with direct citation to and quotation from the trial record. As a lawyer, I can't say that I have ever seen a judge include that much of the trial transcript in an opinion. He would have done this to make his record so that when the case is appealed - as everyone knows it will be - he has included enough direct evidence produced at trial to support his application of the law. His clerks made that trial record their bitch, and Judge Walker took that dog for a walk.
Whether the appeals court overturns on the application of law is a different issue. But it's not going to be a fact issue that does it. And then the way that he completely flicks away Prop 8 proponents' experts' testimony. The man is smart.