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January 15, 2010

Bleg: Go On Up to San Fran?

I've been batting this idea around ever since the Prop 8 trial got going on Monday and it turned out to be extremely interesting. Even though there has been no video transmission of the proceedings, pretty much everything that goes on in the courtroom has been twittered. What the plaintiffs are going at and the witnesses, how the Prop 8 campaign is cross-examining, what the lawyers are up to, the judge, and on and on.

I have Tuesday off. So I was thinking about driving up to San Francisco this weekend, staying a few days playing tourist (I've never been to SF before), then livetweeting the thing on Tuesday and driving home that evening.

Pros: I'm a total lawgeek and this is a case that will go to the Supreme Court; obviously it's an area of interest to me; there's probably going to be DRAMA during testimony on Tuesday; and I've never actually been to a civil trial before (I do appellate work and stuff for a rather specialized trial-level administrative court).

Cons: Cost, cost, cost; the drive is six hours and longer in the rain; I will have to drive on the interstate in the expected rain at night, something still a little hard for me after my big accident; I'm going to miss all the Massachusetts fun because I'll be in court or on the interstate coming home that evening when that goes down; and I don't like unfamiliar places or crowds.

I would appreciate your thoughts. Pros or cons I haven't considered? Ideas? Whatever.

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posted by Gabriel Malor at 09:35 PM

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